Jade: Assistant Project Manager at Amey

Jade: Assistant Project Manager at Amey

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I am an Assistant Project Manager for Amey. I initiate, plan, monitor and close structural assessment projects, which is the process of identifying the integrity and adequacy of structures like bridges and train sheds.

What route did you take from school to where you are today?

After leaving school over 10 years ago, I attended 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, this career could not be pursued, so I took on a variety of work 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. 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, and I knew instantly that I wanted to pursue a career within the rail sector as a project manager.

Over the years, I was presented with more opportunities to progress and I found myself in a senior administrative role. I performed this role for two years until I found myself being presented with another opportunity within Amey – becoming an Assistant Project Manager.

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 and 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 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.