“As my father is an Engineer, I could see the beauty of this job from a very young age. Engineering is solving problems, being creative and making the difference. ”
As my father is an Engineer, I could see the beauty of this job from a very young age. Engineering is solving problems, being creative and making the difference. With engineering you are never bored as there is a great variety of things you can do while you are working with different people. It is definitely a very challenging profession but an exciting one as with engineering you can protect the environment and improve the quality of everyday life.
I was primarily attracted by the role, which was exactly what I was looking for and perfectly matched my studies. Furthermore, at that time, the company was creating its design team, so I thought that it was a great opportunity for me to be part of this newly established team, take more responsibilities at an early stage of my career and grow faster as a professional. Finally, after completing two interviews, I was impressed by the company’s culture focusing on creating a family environment, which was essential for me especially at the beginning of my professional career in a foreign country.
At the moment, I believe that the biggest challenge for me is to find the balance between my growth as a technical expert and dealing with the project management responsibilities that I have lately undertaken.
Even though we are more focused on delivering our daily tasks, I believe that it is very important to keep your professional development on top of your priorities. In the coming years, I would like to develop my technical skills, learn next to my colleagues and managers, start creating my own team and be open to new challenges and opportunities. I am currently working towards the ICE chartership and my goal is to become a Chartered engineer in around three years.
My favourite project is the latest that I worked on and it regards the highways works in a bus station. The reason that I really like it is that I was responsible for different aspects of the project including the pavement, footways, kerbs and drainage design as well as the swept path analysis of the entry/exit points of the station. In this role I got a better understanding of the highways standards in the UK. Moreover, I enjoyed the fact that through the introduction of different design changes we managed to improve the day to day functionality of the station, making the life of the staff and the passengers easier.
I enjoy travelling around the world and discovering different countries, or simply traveling back home to visit my family and friends. I enjoy supporting my team PAOK Thessaloniki, watching movies and reading detective novels.
My best advice to all the students trying to decide the career path that they want to pursue is to follow their heart and choose what they like the most. Only then, they will manage to become the best version of themselves. If your dream is engineering, get ready for the exciting challenges and enjoy the journey.