I’m Ria, a management consultant at Atkins having recently completed the graduate development program here in the UK. When I was a child ‘what I wanted to be’ changed everyday. One day it was a teacher, the next a gardener, then an astronaut.
At school, I enjoyed geography and decided to pursue geography as my degree. I loved the variety of the subject and that it gave me an understanding of the whole world. It’s probably why I was drawn to consultancy. I get to work in different environments and understand different businesses – ranging from government departments, to major airports, to the police.
In my final year of university, I went through the Times Top 100 graduate employers guide and was drawn to Atkins. I loved the sound of the exciting projects, ranging from infrastructure to transportation to nuclear and energy. At the assessment centre everyone I met was really nice and felt genuine. That’s when I realised I wanted to work for Atkins.
What is it like to work at Atkins?
There is a strong emphasis on personal development and training, and people are always willing to grab a coffee to chat about what they do, their experiences, and to support you. You get the feeling everyone is valued. There are a great number of networks across the company such as LGBTQ+, BAME Network, Women’s Professional Network, etc where you can discuss issues, share your thoughts and connect with people across the company.
What is it about your job that inspires you?
From the day I joined I was able to gain more and more responsibility, while having the support when I need it. So it is great balance between feeling empowered but also having a ‘cushion’ to fall back on.
Where do you see your career going?
I have recently become a line manager to two new graduates, so I would like to see my career developing by becoming more of a people manager and team leader.
What’s your proudest career moment to date?
During my time as Graduate Representative for ADS&T, where I presented to over 300 new graduates and senior staff at the Graduate Induction event. I spoke about RedR UK, our corporate charity and launched the Graduate Charity Challenge, where they were tasked with raising as much money for the charity as possible. I was responsible for coordinating and co-project managing the challenge over 10 weeks. The outcome was that they raised over £17,000!
What do you like the most about working at Atkins?
The fact that Atkins allowed me to pursue my dream of travelling around South East Asia over four months was fantastic. It’s very rare for a company to allow you to take a sabbatical, only two years in. It’s a great example of how they put their employees first. I came back to work feeling driven and ready to use my brain again!
What has surprised you most about working in the industry?
People often think that Atkins is only an engineering firm but our services are much broader. I’ve been working as a Management Consultant for the past 3 years, specialising in helping clients through their digital transformation.
What do you do when you're not at work?
When I am not at work I love travelling. And that’s another reason Atkins is great, we have the ability to buy and sell our days of annual leave. It means time off can be much more flexible, and can give you more time to travel!
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