I was actually working towards a degree in Chemistry when I realised I wanted to pursue a career in the construction industry, and decided to transfer to Civil Engineering. I find the whole design and construction process fascinating, and I really like being part of an industry which works to improve the world around us.
“Although I’ve only been working for a short while, I’ve already got to see some of my designs being built which is really rewarding.” Amy
Name: Amy Carter
Job title: Student engineer
Length of time with the Trust: 10 months
Qualifications: Working for the Trust while studying for a degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds
I’m hoping to graduate in a couple of years with a Masters and then start working towards becoming a Chartered Engineer.
My role is probably 30% site based which includes carrying out inspections, meeting construction supervisors and liaising with environmental, heritage and community groups to ensure we’re approaching issues with a balanced and holistic approach. The rest of my time is spent developing solutions for issues picked up on during inspections, and helping to manage the Trust’s construction programme for the year ahead.
I do notice the gender imbalance on a day-to-day basis, but I wouldn’t say it has had a negative impact on my experience so far. I’ve found there to be a great network of women supporting each other in STEM, and I’m proud to play a small part in challenging people’s perceptions of women in engineering.
“If you want a job that will challenge you, encourage your creativity, and take you to all kinds of weird and wonderful places – this is it!” Amy
Although I’ve only been working for a short while, I’ve already got to see some of my designs being built which is really rewarding, particularly in high profile locations like Liverpool’s Albert Dock. Above all I’m proud to work in a sector which has such an important role in society, and to be surrounded by passionate and knowledgeable people.
If you want a job that will challenge you, encourage your creativity, and take you to all kinds of weird and wonderful places – this is it.
We spoke to Amy in spring 2017
Last date edited: 14 June 2018