How/why did you apply and how did you prepare?
Prior to the start of my placement, I researched the UK and international projects that Mott MacDonald were working on at the time in order to gain a better understanding of the types of work they take on across various sectors. It surprised me when I found out how many of the company’s projects help to shape a sustainable future through urban and industrial design. I explored future challenges within the transport sector to formulate ideas on how design approaches could be used to develop solutions.
What did you do?
During my placement, I learnt how to research and design solutions to challenges on different project, focusing on meeting the clients’ requirements. I was also taught how to use computer-aided design software to help with electrical schematics and bring 3D models to fruition. I was given responsibilities and deadlines and was able to contribute to design work like any other member of the team, who were happy to offer me technical support when needed to help me develop new skills.
What did you gain from the experience?
Through my experience at Mott MacDonald, I developed a real passion for electrical design which I had not had the chance to experience at university. The experience helped me determine which area of engineering I wished to pursue for a graduate role. I discovered that low voltage design was a particular area that interested me. I picked more specific modules for my third and fourth years at university to better tailor my studies to a future in electrical design.
There is an abundance of job types and fields available to an electrical and electronic engineer and it can be a daunting task to try and narrow down the industry you wish to pursue, especially without any real experience in it. Therefore, gaining industrial experience before committing to full-time employment is of great importance.
In what ways has the experience had an impact on your career path/ambitions?
After making the decision to pursue a career in design and consultancy I subsequently secured a graduate role within the company. While I don’t speak on behalf of Mott MacDonald, I believe that any company with a work placement scheme can use it to asses a student’s performance and suitability for a full-time graduate role.