Bhakti Patel

Graduate training Programme“People always told me engineering was a man’s job, so I had no choice but to become an engineer!”

Bhakti wanted to be an engineer from an early age and found she enjoyed STEM subjects the most at school, so it was no surprise to her family when she headed off to Loughborough University to study for a degree in Civil Engineering.

She was attracted to UKPS by its growth in the sector. “It seemed like there would be many opportunities to grow and learn”, so when a vacancy arose at UKPS in her home city of London, she applied. Joe, who is now her line manager, interviewed her and put her at ease: “It was like more of a conversation. He explained to me who UKPS are, and what they were looking for. He also asked a few technical questions and showed me some of the work I would be doing on a daily basis.”

Bhakti joined the Graduate Scheme partway through 2017 and was happy that, while there was formal training (some theory-based, some more hands-on) she was also able to go to the site to see what she had been designing and costing. The graduate scheme was also a great introduction to her co-workers – including her best friend. They are looking forward to the easing of the pandemic restrictions so they can socialise in person again.

While there was only one other female on the UKPS graduate scheme, around 20% of the people on her degree course were women and the UKPS estimating team is an equal split of male and female. “There are more women than I originally expected to see. In my time here, it has certainly become more diverse. People always told me engineering was a man’s job, so I had no choice but to become an engineer!”

Having completed the Graduate Training Scheme in 2019 and following ‘well deserved’ promotions, Bhakti is now a Senior Estimating Engineer and looks unlikely to stop there.

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