What does your current job involve?
I’m on the Project Management graduate scheme at Transport for London. The scheme consists of four 6 month rotations in different areas of the organisation – placements undertaken to date include: Integrated Stations Programme (London Underground), Building Surveying (Commercial Development) and Crossrail 2.
Have you been involved in any major transport projects that you would like to tell us about?
I’m currently working on Crossrail 2 – a new proposed railway linking North London and the South West. Not only does this project have the potential to transform travel in the region and provide much needed additional capacity on the network but also would create new jobs, improve accessibility and support housing development & regeneration.
How did you become involved in the transport industry?
I applied for the TfL Project Management graduate scheme commencing in September 2016. I had little project experience prior to joining, so I really wanted to join an organisation where I would have the flexibility to move around, work on a variety of projects and get a feel for where I see myself working long term.
What do you like about working in transport?
The industry is extremely diverse and is constantly changing. As population grows and the transport network becomes increasingly stretched (especially in London), we must find solutions to continually improve and modernise the transport network.
How did you get to join Women in Transport?
I was introduced to Women in Transport by a colleague at TfL. The team do a fantastic job organising workshops & events and securing inspirational guest speakers. It’s a great opportunity to network with others from across the industry and learn more about current trends & issues.
What is your role at Women in Transport?
What are you most proud of?
I’m currently studying towards an MSc in Construction Management at the University of Reading part-time and working towards becoming chartered through the RICS.
What would your advice be to women interested in roles like yours?
Go for it. There are lots of opportunities available working in a variety of roles so there really is something for everyone. The industry has made huge steps in becoming more gender diverse - if you’re keen and willing to put the effort in you can go far.
How should we encourage young people to pursue a career in transport?
I think it’s really important to show young people what the various job roles actually involve though workshops and work experience – pre-conceptions are usually very different to real life!