I work for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff – which is a professional services consultancy operating in all aspects of the built and natural environment working across both the public and private sectors, with local and national governments, local authorities, developers, contractors and co-professionals.
Generally, the main bulk of the work I do is for local authorities on smaller schemes such as junction realignment and traffic calming. This allows me to gain experience on a wide range of deliverables, from planning and feasibility right up to construction specifications on all aspects of highway works.
My favourite thing about my job is seeing inception plans followed through to construction, and seeing that the work that I do has a tangible impact on society.
What education route did you take from secondary school to where you are today?
I knew that I wanted to undertake higher education as soon as I started secondary school, so I worked my way up from SATs, GCSEs and A-Levels to complete a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Exeter. I then started work the Monday after graduation and have been enjoying work at WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff ever since.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff have been involved in many high profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham, the re-development of London Bridge station, Manchester Metrolink and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.
What is the highlight of your day?
The highlight of my day is the feeling you get when you’re given a really complicated task with a limited timeframe and budget and after a while, and with a lot of head-scratching, it all falls into place. I got into the engineering and construction profession because I’m a born problem-solver, so I really enjoy being given tasks that stretch my technical ability.
What do you love about your job?
I get a real buzz from visiting sites after the designs I have fed into have been constructed, and I have a few projects in the local area that are nearing that stage.
Where do you want your career to take you?
I’m looking at getting chartered with the Institution of Civil Engineers as quickly as possible and I spend a good amount of time outside of work completing Initial Professional Development and preparing for Professional Review. After that, I’d like to stay technical for as long as possible and hopefully become a team leader.