Interview

Lucy Sutcliffe

Lucy studied Structural and Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge, graduating a year ago. She now works as a structural engineer.


What does your role involve? 

This job involves considering the loading that would exist in/on a structure and ensuring that the beams, columns, floors and other parts of a building are the right size and right material for the job. I am currently involved in the design of railway stations and I use maths, logic and lateral thinking on a day to day basis.

 

What do you enjoy most about your role? 

There is a huge variety in the tasks that I do every day so not a huge amount of chance to get bored.

 

What is your favourite film?

Gladiator!

 

Where do you want to be in 5/10 years? 

I would like to become a chartered engineer within the next 5 years. To do this I will need to have had experience of working on many different projects and with many different materials. Being chartered is ultimately recognition that I am a competent and safe engineer.

 

How did you get your job? Was it easy? 

I applied to 4 jobs in my last year at university. It was tough balancing the work load of my masters alongside completing job applications and preparing for interviews. I had a period of about 2 months which was very stressful, but I was glad that I had applied early as finding a job can take a while.

 

What advice would you give to people looking for a job in your industry?  

If you are looking for a job as a structural engineer it is a good idea to get some work experience to show that you are enthusiastic – also these are almost normally paid. The best way to do this is to look on company websites to see if they offer roles and apply through there, or alternatively contact someone in the company directly or you can google to find out the name from your local branch of ICE (Institute of civil engineers) or IStructE (Institute of structural engineers) who may be able to point you in the right direction.

 

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