At nmcn we provide opportunities for the future stars of our industry to experience and absorb our innovative work environment within the rapidly evolving built environment and water sectors.We recently provided Annie with an opportunity to complete her work experience with our water team in the South West.
Annie wanted to learn more about what experienced engineers do on a day-to-day basis before she made her on decisions on her future. Read about her experience below!
What made you decide to try work experience?After I finished school in August 2019, I spent a couple of months working full-time, trying new things that I had previously not been able to do due to school and enjoying the freedom that comes with earning money and having few responsibilities. However, I started to miss studying and learning things the way I had during school so I began to look into careers and courses that I might like. There’s a huge difference between reading about a course from the view of university students and experiencing the industry by shadowing experienced civil engineers but both are invaluable to help make decisions.
What is it about Civil Engineering industry that interests you?
Initially what attracted me to engineering was the problem solving and mechanics aspect of it. I like maths and mechanics was my favourite module during A-levels because I find it a lot easier to solve problems when I can visualise them on a diagram. Problem solving has been my favourite part of maths throughout my time at school, again because it’s easy to visualise the problem and solve it. I knew I wanted to do something that involved maths so I looked into accounting as well as engineering but it doesn’t fascinate me in the same way engineering does. Completing the work experience enthused me to pursue engineering even more because, from talking to experienced engineers at South West Water, I learnt just how varied working in the Civil Engineering industry could be; the same engineer could have worked on a busy housing construction site and with historical buildings.
What did learn from the work experience?
I learnt that civil engineering can teach so many skills beyond what is taught at university. People management skills and organisation are vital no matter what career you pursue. Also that every job is different and presents its own unique problems and challenges requiring an engineer to be adaptable and constantly learning and improving.
What was good about the experience?
The experience was so much more than work experience. Of course, I was able to learn about working in a business but I was also able to see first-hand the work of engineers in practice. On top of this, simply the opportunity to talk to and get advice from engineers at all different levels from recent graduates to delivery managers was so helpful. In particular the advice on universities to look into and looking at foundation degrees gave me a lot to think about but I was incredibly thankful for.
We want to encourage people to get involved in work experience, what could we do better to encourage others?
Spreading the word! Going to careers fairs at secondary schools and using social media is a great way to encourage young adults to get involved
What are you currently studying?
I finished studying a-levels in Maths, Further Maths, History and Politics this year.
What skills do you think you need to be an engineer?
I would say enjoying problem solving and the ability to work with others are key. Getting amazing grades is great but based on what I’ve seen engineering is heavily dependent on teamwork.
Annie impressed our team who commented that Annie was “attentive, enthusiastic, respectful and well mannered.” We explained that there are many aspects and specialisams to consider when choosing a career in Civil Engineering from Design to Construction from Setting-Out Engineer to Contracts manager. There is also an extremely broad range of disciplines from road building to water treatment works construction.
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