Since initially spending a week at Mace to understand more about career prospects, Rob has gone on to take every opportunity that has been offered to him and is carving out a successful career. From undertaking the industrial placement and graduate development programmes, to becoming a chartered member of the CIOB and receiving the graduate achievement award, Rob has helped Mace to deliver a number of major projects for strategic clients across Europe.
- How did you get into what you do?
- In 2015 I completed Mace’s ‘Insight Week’ which gave me a flavour of what Mace is about and what opportunities exist. From there I secured an industrial placement where I worked on the new Tottenham stadium for 14 months and was then offered a position on the graduate development programme. Upon completion of my degree in 2018, I returned to start the graduate programme and joined the international business unit where I moved to Denmark to work on a hyperscale data centre project.
- What was the Mace Graduate Programme like?
It was a fantastic opportunity where you get to develop your understanding of the entire business as well as the industry as a whole. You’re onboarded with a variety of people from different parts of the world and exposed to experienced individuals across Mace. Without knowing it you acquire a diverse knowledge base and build a vast network. It gives you the opportunity to figure out what suits your skills set and which career path you want to embark on.
Mace gives you an unprecedented amount of encouragement to develop and to be successful. The key is to seize every single opportunity to learn and build important relationships with the people around you. You have to own your career - if you want to do well and succeed there is an infinite amount of support from the business, but nothing is given to you.
- What do you enjoy most about your role?
- I love being part of a team that has passion and takes pride in their work. Everyone has strong values – we all want to deliver a great job. And being part of something bigger than the project itself – working on something that will impact people all over the world for decades to come; it’s inspiring.
- What do you hope to be doing in your career in the next five years?
- I’d like to be responsible for a project at a lead level – a major programme somewhere in the world. I’m driven by challenge and adventure and Mace has a unique portfolio of some the best projects on the planet and endless opportunities that I could be a part of.
- What are you passionate about outside of Mace?
- Travel, health and fitness. I want to see and experience as much as possible and I enjoy challenging and pushing past my own internal mental blockers. I’ve run a few marathons and I’m currently training for an Ironman event for charity – I like to use what I’m passionate about to give back and contribute to good causes. One day I will summit Everest…
“Being part of something bigger than the project itself – working on something that will impact people all over the world for decades to come; it’s inspiring.”