“I find that the projects I am working on are constantly improving my abilities in this profession”
I joined Waterman’s building services team in Manchester after completing my master’s degree in Poland at the end of 2013. I have worked within the engineering industry for 3 years prior to moving to the UK and started my career as a graduate mechanical engineer. It is here that I am currently gaining the experience to become chartered.
My involvement within building services began at the time I started my studies at Warsaw University of Technology, which is considered the best university in Poland. I studied for a master’s degree, during which I had the chance to expand my knowledge about this industry.
I moved to the UK in 2013 to improve my english language skills as well as further my career, although coming from Poland, at first I had to learn how the industry worked over here. I was very pleasantly surprised with what I found; the people, environment, job role – everything was better than I’d expected. Everyone at Waterman is always very helpful and offer a lot of support with my work and projects; there is always something new to learn, which keeps the job interesting as I never stop learning.
I love a challenge, and very often I have learnt how to deal with a variety of tasks with varying levels of difficulty. I find that the projects I am working on are constantly improving my abilities in this profession. The best part of my work is to see what I’ve designed come into reality as it is being installed on a site.
The most satisfying aspect of my job is getting to a point where everyone involved in a project agrees on the design solutions and start to see them take shape on site.
My biggest achievement to date has been completing the first year of my master’s degree whilst simultaneously achieving a Distinction on an BTEC Diploma in building services. This was outstanding for me as I was also working full time. It was hard work, but I did it and I’m proud of myself for doing that.
It is my intention to become a chartered engineer and to be involved in a full lifecycle of various projects. I would recommend this industry to anyone as there are so many ways to meet other people who are working in engineering or similar industries, particularly for women, through groups such as the Women in Property Association of which I am a member.