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Atkins is a multinational design and engineering consultancy, providing expertise to help resolve complex challenges presented by the built and natural environment.

Whether it’s the concept for a new skyscraper, the upgrade of a rail network, the modelling of a flood defence system or the improvement of a management process, it plans, designs and enables solutions.

Atkins is increasingly focused on Carbon Critical Design. The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Lighthouse, for example, will be Dubai’s first low-carbon commercial tower. Its expertise also has a direct impact on people’s everyday lives, like the detailed design Atkins provided to St. Germans Pumping Station, a key part of the UK’s flood protection.

Atkins’ graduate programme lets graduates choose how their career unfolds. Gaining invaluable, 'real-world' experience, they’ll achieve professional accreditation alongside some of the industry’s brightest people. A mentor will help them shape their development and they’ll be part of a lively graduate community. Atkins is a great place for graduates who aim higher. It is in The Sunday Times 20 Best Big Companies to Work For in the UK, and for the third year running it was voted Most Popular Graduate Recruiter in Construction at the TARGET National Graduate Recruitment Awards. It was also a Times Top 100 Graduate Employer and it is proud to feature again in the Top 50 Places Where Women Want to Work. For more information about the exciting careers at Atkins and how to apply, visit -

Graduate profile: Shaohong Ruan
Shaohong came into structural engineering with a slightly different background – having studied for an MEng in aeronautical engineering at Imperial College, University of London. "I joined Atkins in September 07, soon after graduating,' recalled Shaohong. "The firm appealed to me because of its size – and the fact that there are so many varied and interesting projects. I felt there would be the opportunity for me to achieve in my own specialist field. There are so many challenges here that draw on my aeronautical studies, I am already applying a lot of the theory that I learned on my course in my structural design and analysis work here. I don’t regret switching from aerodynamics to structures – in fact, the two disciplines are more similar than you might at first think."

"I am currently involved in fluid mechanics and structural design – mainly working on the refurbishment and strengthening of off-shore oil platforms that were first built around 30 years ago. Because they stand out at sea, there are many vibration and water shedding issues to take into account as well, so there are plenty of technical challenges to take into account. I have recently come back from working on site in Saudi Arabia – just two days ago, in fact. I spent some time on an oil platform refurbishment project which is going ahead while the platform is still operating. As site engineer I was representing Atkins, so the whole time I was there I knew I was taking on a lot of responsibility. The client would look to me if there was a problem, and I was expected to be able to give advice and know how to make sure that things proceeded smoothly. It was a great experience, I really enjoyed it."

"I am really happy that I chose to join Atkins. It is giving me a lot of support, and loads of training, all geared towards helping me obtain Chartership. I have signed up to the ICE training scheme. There are a number of other graduates following this route, and graduate events and training to get me there. The firm has given me lots of opportunities, and there are plenty more to explore. I get significant benefit from networking with other graduates and can take advantage of the sheer amount of expertise from the people working here. I am hoping to achieve Chartered status in three or four years."

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