Jocelyn, Graduate Engineer, WSP


  • Jocelyn

    MEng Engineering Design with Study in Industry (2014)

    Graduate Engineer, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff in the UK

Since leaving Bristol…

I first heard about the role at the Bristol Careers fair two years before graduation. I applied to WSP over the Christmas break in final year. It was the only assessment centre I went to, and I really liked the people and atmosphere there. I had an interview at another firm, but could tell it wasn't for me. I started at WSP in September 2014 in the Building Services team focusing on mechanical engineering. Since then I have been thrown in the deep-end and it's been fantastic! If you had asked me half way through my degree if I had thought about building services, I would have said no. But now, I wouldn't look back.

In my current job…

I've been involved in a huge range of large and small scale projects, and have had the opportunity to attend client and architect meetings. The hours are longer than the manufacturing work experience I've done in the past, but the value you can add as a graduate makes it worthwhile. Short term I hope to continue to experience a wide variety of projects and work on my technical knowledge. Long-term I'm registered with CIBSE and I strive to get chartered within 4 years.

Having a UoB degree…

The project focused nature of my degree definitely helped me to get the job, as the assessment centre involved standing out in a crowd whilst successfully working as a team. My degree helped me build a technical/analytical way of thinking that has helped me at work. Everything we do in building services is a prototype so your ability to think on the spot and problem solve is always put to the test. The Careers Services were invaluable! Without them my CV would have got me nowhere. Even if you think your CV is amazing... book an appointment, you won't regret it!

Hints/tips…

Network, network, network. Attend careers events and evenings and just get talking to people. Set up a LinkedIn page and keep it up to date. Despite the craziness of final year, get your applications done in the first term, so that you can focus on your exams over Christmas. Also, if you can, try to get a summer/year placement, you will be amazed at the opportunities this can open up.