I recently joined Laing O’Rourke as a Site Engineer as part of the Graduate Programme in September 2021. Having graduated with a MEng in Civil Engineering from Swansea University, I was keen to jump straight into work out on site, where I could experience first-hand how the world of construction works.
What attracted me to working for LOR was the general attitude to the industry. As well as being one of the largest contractors, I was fascinated by the company’s ethos and values.
LOR particularly emphasise the importance of diversity and inclusion within the company. I was encouraged by the vast support of getting females into the construction industry, with LOR’s personal goal of becoming a 50:50 gender equal company by 2033. I think this was a unique selling point as it really demonstrated to me that I would be supported and stimulated throughout my career.
As soon as I joined LOR, I felt extremely welcomed, as well as appreciated for the hard work which had got me through my degree. What stood out to me was the appreciation that the graduates received at the induction, which I believe is crucial when joining a new organisation. Since my first day, I have felt extremely valued and respected, which has made me feel like I really belong to this company. I have been encouraged to always ask questions and engage in all tasks to the best of my ability. I have also felt supported to perusing further qualifications, such as my ICE chartership, which will help mould me into becoming the best engineer I can be.
By becoming an Saint Ambassador, I feel that I can make a difference by reaching out to younger people looking to get into the industry and showing how being a female on site is such a great opportunity.
I have been fortunate enough to have started on Thames Tideway as my first project. It’s only been a few months, but I have learnt a lot! I enjoy every day being on site and I am looking forward to my project progressing.
Since being at LOR, I have also participated in volunteering events such as helping re-landscape a garden at a primary school, as well as attending women in engineering events. It is examples such as these which demonstrate the extra mile of effort that LOR put into their staff, as well as networking and building my career.
Of course I didn’t get to where I am today without the support of my family, friends, lecturers and teachers. Going into a male dominated field has never really bothered me and this is mostly due to the encouragement from those close to me. I would like to take this opportunity to reciprocate this and help inspire young engineers by sharing my story.