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Harriet at Hong Kong office sustainability week

United Kingdom / Buildings / Graduate environmental consultant

Harriet Jenkins

Hong Kong office sustainability week

I love that I am constantly learning

Why did you choose to join Mott MacDonald?

Looking to get into environmental consultancy and particularly with a keen interest in sustainability, Mott MacDonald was an obvious choice. Not only are they a leading consultancy and highly renowned for their work under these disciplines at a global scale, they are equally committed to incorporating sustainability into the business operational practices.

What is the best thing about your job/role?

As a Graduate environmental consultant, I have had the opportunity to not only work on sustainable assessments for large infrastructure projects, but have also been an active member planning and implementing sustainable projects within the office to enhance the sustainable operational practices. I love that I am constantly learning, through working with expert colleagues and being able to work on a scope of various projects.

During my time in the Mott MacDonald Hong Kong office, a group of graduates and myself organised the first ‘Green Office Week’. The Green Office Week mainly included daily sustainable tips, presentations on sustainability, office Chinese New Year red-pocket envelope recycling collection and a sustainability quiz. This was shortly followed by other office sustainability projects, which has given myself and other graduates a brilliant opportunity to make a change and develop skills and knowledge along the way.

How would you describe the culture of Mott MacDonald?

Enthusiastic, hardworking, dedicated, collaboration, innovative, sustainable, and supportive.

How have you been supported during your career development?

Before moving to Mott MacDonald in Bristol, I spend my first two years working in the Mott MacDonald Hong Kong office, where I began as a fresh graduate. The Mott MacDonald Hong Kong office, much like the Mott MacDonald Young Professional Excellence (YPE) in the UK, has an established Graduate Club (G-Club) which is set-up to support young professionals in their career development, particularly those looking to become chartered. Through the G-Club’s activities and my involvement as the G-Club Coordinator, I have been able to build up the key skills such as leadership, management, presenting, networking and so on, as well as having a structured training plan for my path to Chartership and an Environmental scientist.

Have you been involved in any charities or done any volunteer work, please explain your involvement?

In February 2013 I took part in the Hong Kong Marathon for Brain Tumour Charity, overall I raised over £1,300 and ran a time of 3 hours and 30 minutes. My next challenge is the Royal Parks Ultra Marathon (50k), where I hope to raise more money for this fantastic Charity, one that is very close to my heart.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the five things that you would want to have with you? 

Plenty of books (particularly The Lord of the Rings trilogy), some good company, a pack of cards, solar-powered speakers with a good selection of music and a survival kit.

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