Valentina Aleotti BSc MSc DIC GMICE

“I always loved maths, science and physics. I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to study as many of the subjects I loved as possible. ”

What triggered your interest in engineering?

I always loved maths, science and physics. I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to study as many of the subjects I loved as possible.

What made you want to join Metis?

I was interested in the work Metis does in the water and sustainable drainage sector and I was convinced that I would grow more as an engineer and learn more in a small company.

What do you see as the biggest challenge in your role?

As the technical lead in modelling, the biggest challenge is to ensure new recruits have the correct tools to learn how to model and to provide them with the right amount of support, while still allowing them to think critically and be creative in their work and bring new ideas.

What are your ambitions for professional development?

My ambition is to continue developing my skills in modelling and flood risk appraisal to eventually become a Principal Engineer, while still learning and working in other branches of the business (detailed design). Ultimately, I want to further develop my technical lead role and the modelling team.

What has been your favourite project to work on so far?

My favourite project is the Headstone Manor flood alleviation scheme. I started working on this project back when I was a Graduate during the initial appraisal stage and I’m now working on the detailed design of the scheme.

What do you like doing in your spare time?

I enjoy reading, taking long walks and exploring London.

What message would you pass on to students thinking about pursuing a career in engineering?

Think about was really interests you about engineering and pursue it. Don’t feel pressured to go down a certain career path because that’s what everybody else around you considers more prestigious. Don’t underestimate the importance of waking up and being happy to go to work. You can develop other interests at any point in your career and it is never too late to change it.

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