1. Be yourself
Easier said than done when you’re entering a new environment, right? But feeling comfortable and confident when you start your new job will help you no end.
One of the main things your employer will be looking for is reassurance that you’re well-suited to the culture of the organisation. Similarly, you need to feel happy in your work environment too and your workplace should do everything they can to support you.
2. Read up on current projects
Any structural or civil engineering company will be working on a range of projects at any time. Ask what projects you’d be likely to work on and whether it’s possible for your company to send an overview.
Another fantastic way to prepare yourself is to ask about any projects that strike your interest. If you’re naturally interested in the area of work, you’ll enjoy finding out more about the projects and have a range of questions to ask the team when you start.
3. Know your role inside out
You will have received your job description at the point of the job offer. Listed in this document are all the things that your employer will be expecting from you over time.
Don’t worry about understanding any internal intricacies just yet, it’s your employer’s job to train you in these. However, the more you can find out about what’s expected of you ahead of time, the better.
Here are some role requirements that we ask for from our graduate structural engineers at AWA:
- Competent in using Microsoft’s EXCEL, and Word and familiarity with AutoCAD, Revit, NBS specifications.
- Capable of producing simple hand calculations
- Exceptional organisational and interpersonal skills and the ability to work well under pressure
- Knowledge of Construction, Health and Safety Regulations, Building Regulations, and Design Codes
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Able to make decisions, act on own initiative and operate independently in a pro-active way
- Effective team worker, contributing to the team and wider objectives
- Comfortable liaising with clients and design teams
- Organise and prioritise your own time and tasks to enable the simultaneous running of several projects
- Be able to logically analyse problems from first principles to determine solutions
- Ability to travel to sites across the UK
4. Learn about the systems and processes used in your organisation
Getting a feel for the way your company runs will help you no-end when it comes to getting on with the role quickly.
A good indication will be looking for similarities when reading up on current projects. Perhaps you notice that the company regularly works with a particular contractor, or that one team member often leads the same part of each project. This information will be useful to know.
If you can, ask about the systems your company uses before you join. As a structural engineer, these will be your main tools and they’re an important part of your role. At AWA, we’re proud to have industry-leading systems available to all our staff.
Careers at AWA
At AWA, we have spent 35 years envisaging, adapting and caring for impressive structures all across the UK. Our passion for this work, along with our commitment to our people, has helped us become one of the leading structural engineering companies in the South.
Send us your CV at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about us and share what motivates you to work in this field.