- Course: Civil and Structural Engineering MEng
- Nationality: Greek
- Job title: Graduate Engineer
- Company: Hyder Consulting
What have you been doing since finishing your studies? What have you been doing in terms of your career?
I have been working towards my chartership status as well as volunteering as a role model within engineering societies in order to share my knowledge and experiences with younger academics or teenagers. I do a lot of networking as I enjoy creating relationships in and outside my work.
What company are you working for, what is your role and what does it involve?
I have joined Hyder Consulting on January 2013. The office I am currently working on is based in York and is involved with Railway Engineering which is quite massive at the moment in the industry. I joined Hyder as a Graduate and since then my company provided me with so many training opportunities as well as keeping me under a regular graduate rotation helping me meet my goals on my way to the ICE Chartership Status.
What experiences at Leeds do you think have particularly helped with your career/will help with your future career?
The quality of the team projects gave me a great idea of how important communication and strong relationships is within a project. Our professors always guided us and encouraged us to start thinking outside the box for alternative solutions in a more professional manner. Also, the career fair events gave us great opportunity to get in touch with professionals and get a better understanding of the industry.
Training seminars and high quality technical laboratories were really useful and helped put into practice the theoretical understanding of materials (RC concrete, geotechnical, etc).
Looking back, why did you choose to study your particular course and why did you choose the University of Leeds?
I chose Civil Engineering mainly because of my parents’ engineering background which inspired me to follow this course. Secondly, I have always believed that Civil Engineering is a multi-dimensional course with many alternative routes to follow. I chose Leeds University as the Faculty of Engineering is very well known for the quality of the courses within UK.
What was the best aspect of the course/the University and why? Any highlights?
Personally, the Integrated Design Project Module was one of the best approaches throughout my academic career, as it gave me the chance to understand the importance of the Continued Professional Development and the ICE processes therefore I could start working on my chartership even when I was in University.
What other activities outside of your studies were you involved in?
I was an active member of the Hellenic Society of LUU.
What would you say to students thinking about studying the same course at Leeds/thinking about the same career?
I would recommend they try to get into a summer placement or opt for a year in industry in between academic years. It is a safe approach to understand the importance of a job and the responsibility behind it. Working for a year will also give you a chance to see if you really enjoy the job and could help you make more informed decisions in the future.