Tell us a fun fact about yourself
I did Cuban salsa dancing for about 5 years!
Tell us about your career journey so far
After completing my Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Heriot Watt University I accepted a Graduate Engineering role for BAE Systems. This allowed me to complete a range of placements across 2 years within the shipbuilding sector, from design of the future T26 Frigates through to work on the nations largest Naval Ships, the Queen Elizabeth class Aircraft Carriers. I then transitioned into the Aircraft Carrier programme for a further 6 years through to completion – having brought the ‘blocks’ together from 6 shipyards across the UK (like a giant lego set) through to managing over £800m of sub-contractor work.
Now that the carriers are complete, I decided to move into the Construction sector to further develop my career and learn anew! I shall now be leading projects such as the Air Traffic Control Tower at RAF Lossiemouth, keeping within the Defence sector but a slightly different client!
What was your favourite subject in school and why?
Definitely Geography – the combination of natural science with visualisation really appealed to me. This is probably why I moved into Engineering where you need to design and produce a tangible product.
What subjects/qualifications are useful in your role?
Maths and English are very important – I use these skills daily - writing emails to using complicated spreadsheets. My engineering degree has also been vital and has allowed me to become a chartered engineer and is a great stepping stone in your career.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
The variety of projects that I am involved with in parallel sided with the flexibility to work at home.
What is a normal day in your role like?
Most days I can work from home – undertaking a mixture of virtual meetings, either with my team or with various clients and stakeholders, and completing deliverable work such as cost reports, construction studies or scheduling. Once my projects enter construction phase I will likely be on site more often to review progress and deal with any issues that may arise.
Suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work?
A lot of my work involves organisation – and I usually like to plan ahead, whether it is for what I’ll do this week or to construct a building.
You could try planning out your week and see how well you stick to your plan as you go through it all. What time will you wake up? When will you go to school? Is there anything you will do inbetween waking up and school? Do you think you can be more productive in your day and fit homework in around any time for games or books? You’ll find that you can often do more with your day if you have planned it ahead.