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Marcus Rooney, 28, chartered engineer, Bedford

Careers profile

'I joined Halcrow in 2000 after doing my degree at Bristol University and was offered a job in London.

Because I didn't know anyone in London I went along to the regional graduates and students branch of the Institution of Civil Engineers just to meet people. I turned up when the elections were on, and got elected as honorary secretary. Then the following year I became chairman.

The ICE President really believes in future generations and asked me to raise the profile for young people. He invited me on his presidential tour of Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand specifically to talk to students and young engineers.

Back in the UK I completed my ICE training scheme and passed the professional review in spring 2004. I had taken a year out in industry before university, and got sponsorship from a contractor, so I had a lot of experience that helped me to get my civils early.

I had a year on site at Hungerford Bridge (left) and worked in the design office in the tunnels division. Now I'm in the Peterborough office working on business performance, which has really broadened my skills as an engineer. I've been on board with the client's team for a year and am now helping the Highways Agency with its effectiveness and efficiency performance management. I developed an interest in the management of construction when I was at university, but I didn't know you could make a career out of it.

I enjoy learning, and if I stop learning in a job that's when I stop enjoying it. There's so much to learn in what I do now I could be there for years.'

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