Tell us about your role at Wood
My career with Wood began in August 2017, where I joined the Reading office as a process assistant shortly after I graduated. I was prompted to apply for the role as there was an alumnus from my University who came from Wood to give a talk on their experiences with the company. This talk, coupled with my summer placements in the oil and gas industry sparked my desire to work in the company.
As of September 2018, I am a process engineer on the Wood graduate programme. I am currently working on a large-scale FEED project located in the Middle East. My day-to-day role includes production of design deliverables for our customer, where I constantly use problem-solving, time management and teamwork skills.
When you reflect on your career at Wood what makes you most proud?
One of my professional achievements from the previous year would be when I was using specialist simulation software for modelling flare radiation and introduced a new way of summarising key results.
One of my personal highlights was attending a careers fair (representing Wood) at a local school to promote engineering as a career. I met students from all walks of life and encouraged them to apply to the Wood internship programme. Hearing positive feedback from the school was encouraging and reminded me about my passion for engineering.
What would you tell your friends about working at Wood?
In my time with the company, I have been fortunate enough to work with a team of people from a range of diverse backgrounds. I believe that the breadth of experience across the team helped solve complex problems on the project.
I have experienced a positive work environment where new recruits are encouraged to participate in group discussions and are given real responsibility. The support structure is set-up well, with graduates assigned a buddy and a mentor for settling in.
Outside of work, what drives you?
My main source of motivation and inspiration is my family. Having recently moved to Reading, I have been involved in the organisation of social events with other graduates, this includes cinema trips, escape rooms, along with paintball.
I am passionate about promoting the study of STEM subjects - to increase awareness in pursuing engineering as a career, and I will continue representing the company at careers fairs. I am also an avid cricket fan and enjoy a good net session or two! I look forward to representing Wood when the season starts.