Much of it is detective work – finding out about the next engineering and construction projects and converting it into secured work for the business. This involves attending a lot of events, keeping an eye on the press and meeting clients/architects/consultants, and developing relationships with them. I have been known to manage a bid through to successful award and also sit on our national work winning forum. I also hold a Supervising Civil Engineer role which sees me having a hands-on approach to developing our younger engineers.
I had a role as a Design Engineer in Dundee before joining Sir Robert McAlpine Limited as a Site Engineer. I was proudly part of the team that delivered some impressive projects, none more so than Marischal College in Aberdeen – the second largest granite façade in the world. My career took a positive turn not long after, when I was made Business Development Manager for Scotland. Being part of the regional management structure before I was 30 years old was too good an opportunity to turn down. The best thing about it is working in an industry that I know and love, for an exceptional employer. Four years later, I have made the role my own and I am thoroughly enjoying it.
You are graduating from a well-respected institution – embrace the opportunities that come your way. There will be many, especially if you have worked hard. Listen to your mentors in the industry, have that thirst for knowledge, don’t be afraid to make mistakes but learn from them. First and foremost, enjoy it. Your career is what you make of it.
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