1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
On a day to day basis I am converting and formatting documents into Microsoft templates and entering calculations into the software Mathcad. I calculate the design loads on beams to European standards. I often do the minor tasks for the engineers to help them get on with the bigger more important tasks.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
I have learnt new skills in using different computer programmes including Revit, Mathcad and STAAD. I have developed my skills in forces and loads and applying these to real life situations rather than theoretical examples. I have greatly developed my knowledge of the engineering profession and the different sectors and roles that there are within a company.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I do enjoy the programme greatly as I am learning on the job as well as studying the theory at university and earning a degree. The studying that I do at university I am able to apply to my job which enhances my work capabilities and my work experience aids my university work.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
The degree apprenticeship programme itself is very well structured, however my own personal experience hasn't been that structured due to unexpected project issues that has lead me to be left at one side with little to do at times. The university course is well structured with a variety of modules planned for each year that keeps the course interesting and engaging.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
My employer is supportive with my university work ensuring that I feel happy and comfortable with the amount of time that I have to revise for exams. I receive support regarding my happiness within the company and within the team that I am working in. However, I haven't received any support for my ICE attributes and what has to be done in order to submit evidence.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
I have received feedback from both formative and summative in class assessments and coursework. There are also multiple resources posted for us if we are struggling on a particular topic for extra practice and revision. I have received communication from my personal tutor however we haven't had any one to one meeting to discuss my progress yet this academic year.
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
Working towards my degree helps me greatly with my day to day work as it gives me the base knowledge needed to be able to apply what I know to the situation that I am working on. it also gives me more confidence within the work place allowing me to perform better.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
There are the options to join sports events however due to confidence issues I haven't joined any of them as of yet. I have however been attending in house CPD events which allow me to interact with members of other teams and begin to build relationships within the office.
9a. Would you recommend Mott MacDonald to a friend?
It is a global company that has offices all around the world with opportunities to work on projects all over the world. It has very good company ethics where they want to put their employees at the heart of every decision that they make. You have the opportunity to progress within the company to whatever level you want to continue to work towards.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Mott MacDonald?
I would say that you should be yourself in the interview and show your personality as you have to work amongst a team so showing that you can bring something different to that team is key as everyone that is applying for the role will meet the academic or experience requirements so it is about what else makes up you.
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