What inspired you to become an engineer?
I liked the idea of developing solutions to the challenges we face as society evolves and develops.
Where did you study and what area of engineering did you qualify in?
I am a graduate of the University of Messina in Italy where I studied civil engineering. As a master’s student, I specialised in structural engineering and the seismic protection of structures and transport facilities in particular. I graduated in March 2018 and subsequently joined ROD’s graduate development programme.
What do you enjoy most about your job as an engineer?
The best part of my job can be captured in one word: challenge. I enjoy being presented with a specific challenge and then coming up with the right design solution.
My first big project in ROD was working as a member of the geotechnical team on the Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing in Norfolk. It taught me that to be good at this job you have to be smart, enjoy the process of discovery and, above all, be prepared to prove yourself on every project.
What direction would you like to see your career taking?
During my studies, I mainly focused on design, but I recently had the opportunity to look at the management of a project in greater detail. With greater and wider project experience, it is an area that I could see myself gravitating towards.
What advice would you give to a young woman starting out in her career?
After you graduate, it is important to try different areas of engineering to find out what suits you most -graduate development programmes are designed for this specific purpose. Get to know the colleagues who will help you if you have a problem and share their knowledge and experience with you. Be ready for the challenges that will inevitably come your way – big and small!