Graduate, Assistant Project Manager
Gabriela moved from Brazil to the UK in 2012 to study chemical engineering. After graduating, she wanted to start her career in a non-traditional route for chemical engineers and was surprised to see Mace had a pharmaceutical and technology department. The graduate scheme offered Gabriela the perfect start - applying her technical knowledge while learning about project management at the same time.
- Why did you choose to join the graduate programme at Mace?
- I chose to join Mace after researching the company’s project history and finding out about the influence the company has in London. The graduate programme interested me because of the amount of training and support each graduate appeared to receive from the very beginning.
- How has the graduate programme at Mace advanced your career?
- The graduate scheme is giving me all the necessary training to kick start my career in the construction industry. It has put me in contact with graduates from all departments and I've had the opportunity to meet, and learn from, experienced senior members of the company.
- What does your role involve?
- I work as a seconded process engineer and project manager for one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. During my first few months I’ve worked on the construction of a brand new pharmaceutical plant and now I’m helping to restart drug manufacturing after site improvements.
- What do you enjoy most about your current role at Mace?
- I love being immersed in such a big industry. I have so many opportunities to network and knowledge share, both nationally and internationally.
- What skills do you need to be good at your job?
- It's very important to work well in groups, be people-orientated and know how to speak to people at different levels in the business.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
- I'm passionate about food! I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen, it helps me relax after a long day at work.
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
- Technical skills are very important but knowing how to work in a diverse environment is the key. Practice your communication skills and don’t be afraid to speak up.
“The graduate scheme is giving me all the necessary training to kick start my career in the construction industry.”