Having studied Civil Engineering at university and spent a year in industry placement with Opus in New Zealand, I was really keen to join the company after graduating. The work and life experience I gained during my time in New Zealand was invaluable and I felt like part of the ‘Opus Family’ right away. During this time I worked with both the Structural and Geotechnical teams and helped with the assessment of buildings in Christchurch after the earthquake in February 2011.
I now work as a Graduate Geotechnical Engineer for Opus in Cardiff and feel I get the best of both worlds being able to work both out on site and in the office. In the time I have worked with Opus after graduating, I have had the opportunity of working on a huge variety of projects, learning from extremely experienced engineers.
The culmination of my achievements to date, whilst working at Opus, is having been awarded the Young Geotechnical Engineer Award 2015 at the Ground Engineering Next Generation Awards. The judges were really impressed with the work I do with the ICE Graduate and Students Group, and my STEM Ambassador activities I do within schools. Opus is really supportive of me in this as I want to actively promote engineering as a profession to younger students and share my experiences.
In the next few years I hope to use this knowledge to work towards Chartership with the ICE and use the skills I have learnt to work for Opus in different countries.