Nadia Houston, Assistant Project Manager, Summer placement
Emerging Talent

Nadia Houston

Summer placement

Consultancy, UK

Nadia spent her summer break on a construction site, learning what life after university could be like and adding invaluable experience to her CV. Putting her economics degree to one side for ten weeks, she worked with our public sector project management team.

Can you describe how you found your placement?
My placement was really varied and interesting. There was a lot to take in, particularly because my degree isn’t in real estate, infrastructure or construction but I really enjoyed it and I learnt a lot.
What attracted you to Mace?
The placement scheme was recommended to me so I did my research and decided it sounded like a great place to get some industry experience. When I was looking into the company, several things stood out. Firstly, Mace’s involvement in construction projects across the whole infrastructure lifecycle, and secondly that it’s quite a young company that’s adaptable and process driven which I think is really important.
What advice would you give someone at school considering a career in your area of work?
Get as much experience as possible. I hadn’t even thought about a career in this area until I was about 19, so I would advise anyone who isn’t sure what they want to do, to try out as many different sectors and industries as they can. Getting hands on experience is very different to learning the theory in a classroom.
What do you think the future has in store for you at Mace?
The next step for me will be to apply for the Mace Graduate Development Programme. After I finish university in 2017, it’s definitely something I will be doing. Now that I've experienced the world of construction, I know that it's for me.
What drives you on?
I’m very motivated by long term goals. Just thinking about what things I’ll be able to achieve once I leave university is more than enough to spur me on to try my hardest in everything I do.
If your teenage self could see you now, what would she think?
I’ve only been ‘not a teenager’ for two years, but I think me at 15 would probably be fairly surprised at how well I’ve managed to do throughout school and university, even though I’m studying a subject that I barely knew much about in year 11.
Can you sum up your experience at Mace in a sentence?
If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you.
Nadia Houston, Assistant Project Manager, Summer placement

“The next step for me will be to apply for the Mace Graduate Development Programme. Now that I've experienced the world of construction, I know that it's for me.”