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Year of graduation: 2013
University: University of Newcastle
Degree: Chemical Engineering (MEng)
Joined Atos: 2013
Job title: Project Manager
The first time I heard of Atos was on the Gradcracker website where I was looking for engineering jobs. It was the first time I had ever thought of working in IT but I liked the sound of the company and thought it would be a challenge. Originally I applied for a different role but at assessment centre I was asked if I would be interested in a job in Technical Project Management, as the assessors thought this job would suit my skills and personality better.
Since starting, I have been thrilled by how much I have taken to my role and the company – I believe project management is ideal for me, and I wouldn’t have known about it if I hadn’t applied for the job with Atos.
The work is challenging and exciting, and I can honestly say I have never been bored – I got to spend two weeks in Germany, as well as having the opportunity to be involved in extra-curricular activities. I’ve helped organise graduates to get involved with the Tough Mudder charity challenge, as well as being involved in the Million Makers project, raising money for The Prince’s Trust. In my role as a Stemnet regional lead, I also coordinated a group of Graduates to attend the Big Bang Fair, running a workshop with young people on ‘How to build a computer’, to help encourage their interest in technology
My role summed up
I’m a technical project manager which means managing projects for clients who Atos provide the IT systems for. I’m working on projects for two main clients at the moment, both in the food industry, who are of course very dependent on us as all food ordering goes through the systems we provide, so it’s a lot of responsibility!
A day in my life:
I am actually a morning person, so whether I’m working from home or in the office, I get straight on with, catching up on emails, preparing myself for the day’s meetings and sorting my to-do list! I’ll often have a morning meeting either face to face or on a conference call with our technical teams, especially when we’re working on a larger scale or more complex project, to make sure everyone’s clear on what they’re doing. I’ll often use this time to ask as many questions as I can so I keep building my technical understanding.
Both of my clients have teams based throughout Europe, so now’s a good time to catch up and keep them up to date with our progress in various areas. I could be given a new request for work at this stage, which means I need to organise the resource I need, plan out the work in detail then send for client approval before starting to run it. Then I normally go out of the office to grab some lunch with other people, sitting outside on deck chairs, weather permitting. Or I’m having meetings about the extra-curricular activities I'm part of.
I’ve been working on an internal research project around diversity within Project Management, which I asked to do following a conversation about why there were fewer women in IT, and I presented my findings to the senior Programme Management team who gave really positive feedback and asked me to take a few of the key findings forward, so I’m really pleased. I usually spend some time with other Project Managers either helping them out on some work, or the other way around. Everyone here is happy to help and answer questions, which is a relief when I’m working on something completely new!
I’ll often have client invoicing to complete at this time, and then reporting on cost analyses on various project which go to the Executive Board, so I need to make sure I’m fully focussed! Then I’ll try to wrap up all of my final tasks for the day to make sure I can make a fresh start tomorrow.
I spend my evenings playing sports and hanging out with friends.