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Working lives

Moray Cotter, 25, is a water and waste water engineer with consultant Montgomery Watson in Edinburgh.

Route to the job

I graduated from Edinburgh University in 1997 with a degree in civil and environmental engineering and accepted a job with Halcrow Group in Swindon.

After three years, I decided to return to Edinburgh. I approached recruitment agency Hays Montrose who arranged several interviews for a day that was convenient for me to visit Scotland.

Consequently Montgomery Watson offered me a position in its Edinburgh office in October.


My expectations of Montgomery Watson were based on the company's reputation, some research I had conducted beforehand, and information gleaned from my interview. I saw the job as an excellent opportunity to build on my existing experience.

The company's healthy workload meant that I was looking forward to working on a wide variety of jobs. I felt that a broad scope of design work was exactly what I needed to progress my career further.

The reality

I started with Montgomery Watson in November and was immediately struck by the company's extensive use of IT. As I had hoped, I have been involved in varied detail design from the start. My day to day tasks involve pipeline design, road and drainage design and the design of water and wastewater process plant.

Edinburgh is an exciting and cosmopolitan city offering a diverse variety of cultures and a thriving social scene. Living here, it is also possible to spend a quiet weekend in the nearby countryside, which I think is some of the most beautiful in Britain.


For someone wishing to make a move from England to Scotland, I thoroughly recommend contacting a recruitment agency in the area you are looking to move to.

You also need to be persistent.

If you set your mind to it, relocating is just a question of when and where.

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