Business area: Energy (Nuclear) Years into GDP: 2 University and degree: University of Plymouth, MEng Civil and Coastal Engineering, First Class Honours.
Can you briefly describe your role and what you do?
Since joining Atkins in September 2015, I have been seconded to Hinkley Point C for 12 months, undertaking a site compliance role for the client. This involved going out on site in the 4x4s, speaking to the work force and assessing whether the work being carried out complied with various requirements. I then reported this to the Site Controls team and ultimately the Office of Nuclear Regulation (ONR) Site Safety Inspectors. I had a broad range of exposure to a range of situations on site.
Since returning to the office, I have been involved in the production of several technical reports, including seismic loading of reactor pressure vessels and other modifications to plant. I studied the effect of shear on reinforced concrete structures, comparing engineering standards from around the world. I was then able to apply my research to the analysis of two operational nuclear power stations in the UK, helping to verify their resistance to earthquake loading. I have also been part of the business development side of work, interacting with clients and writing bids. Winning work is a core foundation of a consultancy and I am proud to contribute.
Why did you choose Atkins?
I chose Atkins because I recognised Atkins as a leading consultancy in the UK and abroad. The projects Atkins were working on in the Energy sector were diverse and international. My desire to work on high profile, major projects initially lead me to look at the Nuclear Industry for my first graduate role. Atkins are at the forefront of this industry, with a well-known and respected presence across all field of Engineering. A reputation like this combined with flexible working hours, excellent working conditions and a strong sense of camaraderie made me glad to have chosen Atkins.
As with all things, your career is what you make it. I am working towards becoming chartered with the Institution of Civil Engineers, which is supported and encouraged during the graduate scheme. Atkins actively supports development through a broad range of training courses and other opportunities. Atkins provides a solid foundation on which I can build a professional career.
Where do you see your career in the future and how do you see yourself getting there?
I am working hard to gain chartership with the ICE, which is my next major goal. I have recently been promoted, which was a great confidence boost and has only made me more excited for more. I would like to line manage in the future, potentially managing a summer placement student or year-in-industry student. I think that would give me a taste of management and head me in the right direction.
Ultimately, I would like to be senior management, supporting new starters and continuing to deliver good work!
What do you do outside of the graduate development programme?
Life outside the GDP is exciting and varied. I play waterpolo in Bristol, playing against other teams in the South of England. I often end up in the office the next day bruised and aching but feeling great!
I also went on a brilliant Atkins ski trip to Les Arcs; skiing, partying and meeting people from around the UK. It was a fantastic experience, open to all and a great way to meet other graduates from around the business.
Life with Atkins definitely extends well beyond the office!