I’m Katrina Ho, and I’m doing a degree apprenticeship in the UK Transportation Civil and Structures team at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group. As well as learning practical skills on the job, I’m also working part time towards a BEng in Civil Engineering.
When I was growing up I wanted to be a ballerina. But at school I loved math and science, more specifically physics at GCSE level. I guess my love for problem solving led me to pursue a career in engineering. I was curious about how things worked in the physical world. Like, how does a bridge withstand the weight of all different types of vehicles?
When considering a civil engineering apprenticeship, I looked at what all the top consultancies had to offer. I wanted to know about the types of projects they worked on and the opportunities they had that would expand my engineering career. I was impressed the most by Atkins, especially by the way they deliver high quality work that’s driven by what’s right, not just what’s profitable. I want to be the best I can be, and so far I’m doing well here!
What do you like the most about working at Atkins?
The care they give me as an individual. My needs and worries are listened to and they offer great support when it comes to my wellbeing. I’m also inspired by the many senior engineers who started their career the same way that I am, by doing an apprenticeship. It’s amazing to see how far they’ve come and what they’ve achieved.
Where do you see your career going?
I see myself becoming chartered once I’ve completed my degree and have had more experience in the industry. I’d also like to explore the opportunities civil engineering will give me in terms of working abroad. What I really want is to make a change and a difference in this world. I want to help create a more sustainable environment for us all to live in.
What's your proudest career moment to date?
Definitely being awarded the ICE QUEST Technician Scholarship twice in a row!
What is the most exciting thing about engineering right now?
The advance in technology – I think it’s going to have a huge impact on the way we civil engineers manage our projects.
What would you say to someone who is considering a career in engineering?
It’s a great career that offers an exciting variety of work. To young women I’d say: there’s a stigma that engineering is a masculine subject realize in reality it is NOT. Trying to create an equal workforce is so important and we need more women to make it happen.
What do you do when you're not at work?
I enjoy dancing, running and watching TV – nothing better than a Netflix binge at the weekend!