Charlotte Casey-Haden graduated in 2012 having studied Civil Engineering with Year in Industry. Charlotte is currently a Graduate Engineer for GTC Pipelines Ltd.
Why did you decide to study at Swansea University?
I grew up next to the sea and Swansea University’s location was perfect. Also, the fact that the engineering department was classed within the top ten in the UK for research appealed to me.
What did you enjoy most about your course at Swansea?
Having the opportunity to learn and work alongside a wide variety of people, students and lecturers alike, plus the amazing opportunity to travel to Uganda as part of my final year dissertation.
What are you doing now career-wise?
I am Graduate Engineer for GTC Pipelines Ltd – an engineering graduate scheme within the utility sector, working on a rotational basis of the different departments within the company. I am currently working in the design department designing gas and electric networks for housing developments, soon to be diversifying into the design of fibre optic, water, sewer and district heating network. I deliver network designs for housing, industrial & commercial developments ranging in size from as little as ten domestic plots to several hundred residential dwellings and I&C units.
How has Swansea University and your course helped you with your chosen career path?
I would not have been considered for the job had I not had an engineering-related degree.
What are the most challenging parts of your job?
Prioritising the many different day-to-day challenges alongside my allocated work load. My allocated work load involves the design of, or variation to a design of, gas and electric networks. However, challenges arise when developers call to chase a job that they need urgently but is actually well within the standard time frame for design completion. However, I also receive some urgent job requests which do need turning around within a day.
What are the most rewarding parts of your job?
Finding a common solution to a challenge that an enquirer, developer or site manager may be experiencing on their site.
What was the best careers advice you were given?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
What advice do you have for current students and new graduates?
Enjoy your degree and new job! This is your career choice and life is too short so you need to enjoy it! Strike a good balance between work and play. Taking up a sport alongside your job is a great way of keeping stress free! The start of your career can be daunting and throws up many challenges, but learn from them and love every minute, and never be afraid to ask questions!
What are your plans for the future?
I aspire to be a site project manager, preferably with expertise within the water utility sector. I would also like to see more of the world!
What have you done that you are most proud of?
There are many things that I am proud of. During my university days this has to be travelling to Uganda as part of my dissertation to look at mud brick technology, plus winning the Atkins Carbon Critical Award 2012 for my efforts in my dissertation. Since leaving university, I returned to Africa to travel and volunteer for several months, and having been offered the position on the engineering graduate scheme upon my return to the UK.
What are your favourite memories of your university years at Swansea?
Easily the many amazing people - students and staff - that I met over my time there and the many great memories made from being involved in different sport and social societies.
And finally, describe yourself in 3 words…
Lover of life!