Graham Lawson

Graham is a Senior Engineer for housing developer, Persimmon Homes.

BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering, 2013

Tell me more about your job and what it involves?

I work for Persimmon Homes, a housing developer. I worked for Angus Council beforehand, and this is slightly different. I manage the full scope of engineering designer input required for land purchase, construction and customer care.

I also prepare high level designs for land appraisals to ensure the most economical design is achieved and manage external consultants.

I’m also involved in a lot of meetings with key stakeholders such as local authorities, Scottish Water and SEPA to ensure things are done to their satisfaction, as well as our own.

It’s a fast paced industry and you can’t build houses quickly enough in the UK right now.

It sounds pretty non-stop!

I’ve been pretty busy and I’ve only been in the role six months! It’s a different kind of industry to what I came from but the pace is very exciting.

I’d been part of a larger design team at Angus Council and I was more involved in the design side of things. My current job is more about management and I see that as progression. It’s a different style of working and, as I said, it’s very exciting.

How did you end up in your current job?

I was actually approached through LinkedIn. It just shows the power of social media and networking tools.

Abertay’s Civil Engineering Course is fantastic. It was an intensive four years that covered a broad spectrum of subjects.
Graham Lawson | Persimmon Homes | Senior Engineer

How did your Abertay degree help you get to where you are now?

Abertay’s Civil Engineering Course is fantastic. It was an intensive four years that covered a broad spectrum of subjects. On our third year we were put out on a placement in the industry for three months and I don’t think many universities offer that as part of the actual course.

I got a position with Abertay University with the Estates department, working with the buildings the University owns.

How important was the experience you picked up on that placement?

It was one of the most important things I did in my four years. To be given the opportunity to go into the real world – so to speak – and put the skills you learned in class to practise really shows you how your learning can shape the world.

Do you have any advice for our current students?

Don’t measure yourself against other people’s timelines. Don’t rush through your university life. You can only measure you against yourself.

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