Graduate, Assistant Project Manager
When Amar went to northern India to help build a local school, it sparked an interest in the building industry and it was there and then that he chose to study project management in construction. After graduating from University College London, Amar joined Mace’s Graduate Development Programme in September 2015. He is currently working to deliver better public spaces in and around London.
- Why did you choose to join the Mace Graduate Development Programme?
- I did extensive research on the company and I spoke with senior staff members at university. Mace was highly recommended and the graduate programme appeared to be an excellent mechanism to propel my understanding and development within the world of construction.
- How are you finding the Graduate Development Programme?
- It's clearly been developed with us in mind. The training covers all the facets of the industry we are exposed to, from feasibility surveys to procurement, planning, construction technologies and handover procedures. Our graduate project gives us the opportunity to network with our peers and we get great exposure to senior colleagues.
- What do you enjoy most about your current role at Mace?
- Being out on site I am constantly speaking to sub consultants and sub contractors - it's amazing how much I enjoy developing my construction knowledge!
- What is your proudest achievement at Mace so far?
- I was asked to formulate the construction and phasing logistics plan for our graduate project. I learned how to use Google Sketch to generate a 3D model which enabled us to explore the site opportunities and constraints in a new way. The task took me out of my comfort zone but it enabled me to expand my knowledge and recommend much more efficient options.
- What skills do you need to be good at your job?
- Effective communication is definitely the most important skill for a project manager. I also think it’s important to be able to work well under pressure and work well with others too – being able to work well in a team is the second most important thing.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
- I'm passionate about being self-sufficient in and outside the industry. I’m always looking at new ways that sustainable technologies and materials could affect the industry. In my spare time I enjoy gardening and organically producing my own fruits and vegetables!
- What advice would you give to someone applying for the graduate scheme at Mace?
- Be open and honest! Get every bit of relevant experience you can to demonstrate your commitment.
“I’m always looking at new ways that sustainable technologies and materials could affect the industry.”