THE JOB: AMY SEBBA, 26, IS A CIVIL ENGINEERING GRADUATE FROM SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY. SHE IS A PROJECT MANAGER WITHIN THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT GROUP AT ARUP. AMY IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON TWO PROJECTS: AN OFFICE BUILDING IN CENTRAL LONDON AND A COMPLEX FACILITY IN AMBRIDGE
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR JOB?
I work on the client side of the project management group at ARUP, checking that contractors are doing what they are supposed to be doing and ensuring that the client is getting exactly what they want. My work ranges from walking around site and compiling risk registers to working on contracts, explaining work to the client and liaising with the local community. For example, for the project I am working on in central London one of my roles is to keep all the neighbours of the project informed about its different stages. I see engineering as a service to the public and so it is important to maintain good relations.
WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF BED?
I chose civil engineering because it is so tangible and often the buildings are physically huge so you feel as if you are part of a big project and I’m pleased to say that is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. Engineering also has an exciting future as it could be at the forefront of the drive to make the world more sustainable. It is a good feeling to know I can be part of that.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING ASPECT OF YOUR JOB?
In engineering often things change quickly and it can feel like you are going back to square one. You may have put a lot of effort into finding solutions to complex problems and then the client decides they don’t want that anymore, which can sometimes be frustrating.
ADVICE TO READERS CONSIDERING A CAREER IN YOUR FIELD
Talk to as many people as you can while you are at university. Engineers love to talk about their job and love to give advice, so make the most of it and pick their brains.