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Past winners set out reasons to enter

Fancy an overseas posting or an early step up the career ladder? Entering NCE’s Graduate Awards may just help offer both, former winners reveal.

Exciting, life-changing opportunities are currently being experienced by all three of NCE’s most recent Graduate Award winners. And young ambitious civil engineers could win their own slice of the action by simply entering this year’s free competition now underway.

That’s the message from Arup’s Stuart Ross, WSP’s Claire Gott and Mott MacDonald’s Jamie Radford - our graduate superstars over the last three years.

Chartered just 31 months after leaving uni - half the normal time; the youngest member of ICE Council; sitting on an important government task force; packing for a two year work secondment to Hong Kong; representing the views of 1000 graduates to your company chairman and discovering new butterfly species in remote South American mountains.

These are just some of the recent CV additions for our young stars.

“Winning the award gave me the confidence, the stepping stone and the incentive to push even harder for my aims,” is how our 2010 Graduate of the Year Stuart Ross sums up the views of his fellow winners. “It got me noticed within Arup and triggered amazing opportunities.”

As he looks forward to a two year transfer this Autumn to the consultant’s Hong Kong office - offered by winning a company ‘early development’ scholarship - Ross calculates the number of Arup graduates throughout the UK, Mid East and Africa that he represents to the main board through the newly created ‘young careers’ group he helped set up.

“I collate the views of over 1000 graduates from departments as diverse as law and marketing as well as all engineering disciplines and meet regularly with our company chairman.”

“Becoming a Graduate Award finalist, and being interviewed by a room full of top company bosses was, in itself, invaluable experience for both the road to chartership and my now frequent meetings with senior directors,” claims Ross. “I urge everyone passionate about their career to enter these awards.”

Passionate is certainly one of the attributes of our 2011 winner Claire Gott. In between spearheading the highly successful Central African village-aid charity she founded at uni five years ago, Gott is working closely with ICE President Barry Clarke developing a new Institution campaign to inspire the next generation of engineers.

With ambassadorial ideas now developed, she has just gained a landslide vote to become the newest graduate member of Council, where she will spend the next three years putting the campaign into practice.

A move from WSP’s  Birmingham office to London is being triggered mainly by considerable work promotion, with the 25 year old now assistant design manager on the consultant’s massive £450M redevelopment of London Bridge Station. But it also allows easier access to Whitehall ministries in her role on a working committee of government’s Green Construction Board.

With our reigning graduate winner Jamie Radford using his £1500 prize to fund this month’s visit to Ecuador to further develop the sustainable housing research initiative he has founded - plus relax butterfly hunting - all our graduate superstars are on a roll.

And so could you be – or someone who works for you. But remember you have to be in it to win it.

Enter now

The awards are open to anyone who graduated in 2012 with a civil engineering or related degree. Click here for more information or contact David Hayward, Graduate Awards secretary on 01325 461149,  email:

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