I pursued a career in engineering after realising my passion for mathematics and complex problem solving while studying biomedical science.
During the Honours year of my Bachelor’s degree, I completed an internship at Auckland Transport working in the Public Transport Capital Development team. There I worked on various bus and rail projects with several design consultancies, including Aurecon. I applied to Aurecon’s graduate programme because I thought they were one of the most engaging consultancies. I also appreciated that to be a good engineer, I needed experience working in a consultancy environment.
Unlike similar organisations, Aurecon doesn’t have a formal rotation programme, which means you can focus on your area of interest from the outset. Over the years I have been given the opportunity to contribute to many multimodal projects within the transport planning team, including high profile projects such as the Auckland City Rail Link.
Being able to articulately communicate with a diverse range of people is an important skill to develop as an engineer. I believe that my strongest Aurecon Attribute is ‘engaging’ which has helped me significantly to get my projects over the line.
A key achievement for me is being selected as Global Chair for Limelight – Aurecon’s emerging professionals’ programme that aims to promote a culture of innovation, involvement and improvement. In this role, I supported Limelight committees across our operations and facilitated global events to encourage emerging professionals to help bring ideas to life. Fundamental to my role was engaging senior business leaders to set the Limelight Business Plan and diversifying the way in which we communicate with our emerging professionals.
I encourage aspiring engineers to gain as much relevant work experience as possible while studying. This helps to get your foot in the door when applying for jobs and gives you an advantage.
Aurecon has a great reputation in the market place. Hearing complimentary feedback about its work and people is a great motivator for me – I feel proud to work for such a highly regarded consultancy. Delivering excellent client experience is critical, and is at the forefront of what we do.