I am an Assistant Project Manager for Amey’s Transport Infrastructure within the Rail sector, working on the Civils Assessment Framework Agreement, where I practice initiating, planning, monitoring, and closing of Structural Assessment projects. The primary activity is to perform Structural Assessments, which is the process of identifying the structural integrity and adequacy. The Assets that my contract assess include, bridges such as Overbridges, Underbridges, and train sheds.
What route did you take from school to where you are today?
After leaving school over 10 years ago, I attend a college where I studied Dance and Biology, but from there my interests changed and I applied for the Royal Air Force with aspirations to become a medic. However, due to personal medical implications my career could not be pursued, so from there I took on a variety of work that ranged from Pharmacies to management of an indoor surfing centre. A few years on and I found myself applying for Amey after being introduced to the company through a family friend.
Where did your career in rail begin?
My career in Rail began when I first joined Amey in 2016, as a Business Administrator working for the Civils Assessment framework agreement. I was presented with the opportunity to take on an apprenticeship in business administration to gain and enhance my business skills and knowledge.
From day one I was surrounded by many enthusiastic Engineers and Project Management teams, that I knew instantly that I wanted to pursue a career within the Rail sector as a Project Manager.
I was drawn to the Industry’s work that was helping to keep the Infrastructure safe and maintained. The management of these projects presented a wide variety of work and challenges that grabbed my attention.
Over the years I was presented with more opportunities to progress and I found myself in a Senior administrative role, not only continuing to support the Civils Assessment teams, but also working alongside Amey Consulting disciplines. I performed this role for two years until I found myself being presented with another opportunity within Amey, only this time to become an Assistant Project Manager with the Civils Assessment team.
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How was your apprenticeship/graduate scheme/traineeship structured?
My first apprenticeship started straight away when I joined Amey. It was structured in a way that I also participated in the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award alongside my role. Carrying out both my apprenticeship and award at the same time, complimented one another well and gave me a lot of confidence and skills that I was able to apply in my work.
When I joined my current team, I expressed my interest and enthusiasm to take on a Project Management qualification and surely enough with the help of my supportive line manager and colleagues, I was enrolled onto a course that’s now complimenting my Project Management career path.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
My favourite thing about my job is that I’m learning something new every single day. I am learning about Project Management but in doing so, I am learning more about the Rail Industry.
I also love the diverse group of people that I work with and I enjoy learning about their cultures and professional journeys.
What piece of advice would you give someone considering a career in rail, or a career in your field (e.g., engineering, analytics etc.) in rail?
The advice that I would give to anyone considering a career in Rail of any discipline would be, don’t be afraid to take on a challenge and try something new, because the path you end up on might just be the best decision you ever made.