Graduate geotechnical engineer for Amplus, foundation and geotechnical specialists in Jersey, Channel Islands.
Route to the job: 'I graduated from Imperial College, London in 1998 with a MEng in civil and environmental engineering. I gained experience in engineering through summer jobs as a student engineer working for Amplus. A Royal Academy of Engineering Leadership Award enabled me to travel to Egypt, Hong Kong, Chile and Argentina, to experience working on larger civil engineering projects, and I spent my final year at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in Paris. On graduation, I knew I wanted to stay in civil engineering and chose to work for Amplus because I felt a smaller company could offer me a larger variety of work, with more early responsibility.'
Typical day: 'Another attraction of Amplus is that no day is 'typical'. Amplus is not only a design consultant but also a piling contractor. I have spent some time in the office designing piles and retaining walls, writing geotechnical reports and working on the design of soil reinforcement for Jeffrey's Leap Cliff Stabilisation Works, using the slope stability programme Talren (Ground Engineering , December 1999). While supervising these works, I ensured that all elements were in line with the specification and, where necessary, instructed the contractor to install additional nails. I have also been involved in numerous site investigations on Jersey, for various different developments.'
Highs and lows: 'Jeffrey's Leap cliff stabilisation scheme is the first project I have helped to design and construct. To see the job finished on time and within budget was a really good feeling. My low point is the lack of excitement and enthusiasm people - both within the profession and in society - have for civil engineers and civil engineering projects.'
Ambitions: 'In the next couple of years, I will be looking to gain as much geotechnical and civil engineering experience as possible with a view to achieving full membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Once chartered, I would like to work away from England, hopefully using my French or Spanish.'
Advice: 'As I graduated so recently, I still spend my time listening to advice rather than giving it!'