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AECOM's Anna loves working in the constantly evolving world of science

As an environmental scientist at AECOM, Anna's role involves understanding processes in action and then working to influence those processes in ways that are beneficial to both people and the environment.

"I chose to study science because I was interested in why things are the way they are in the environment around me. I love the way science connects everything, whether it is immediately obvious or not! Science is constantly evolving, which makes it an exciting field to work in," says Anna.

AECOM's Graduate program offers exciting opportunities 

Joining AECOM's Graduate Development Program in Christchurch, New Zealand, Anna was surprised to discover the wide range of projects the environment team is involved in — from contaminated land and groundwater investigations to compliance monitoring - she found that no two projects were the same.

"AECOM’s Graduate Development Program has been a valuable part of my experience as it has helped me network with other graduates across the country and learn how the company operates and my role within it," she exclaims.

"One of the interesting projects I have worked on is South Frame, which will see the introduction of a mixed-use space in the south of the Christchurch Central Business District. I conducted soil sampling in potentially contaminated areas to ensure the safety of workers during the construction phase of the project," she adds.

A supportive and encouraging workplace

As a global business delivering a range of multidisciplinary services, Anna loves that knowledge is so freely shared amongst teams to achieve the best possible results.

"The entire New Zealand environment team has supported me along the way. Not JUST my manager, although she is awesome! But the wider team in Christchurch and also the teams in Auckland and Wellington. There is a close relationship between teams, which means I am able to draw on the knowledge of a broad array of people from different backgrounds with regard to specific projects and their unique challenges and circumstances," she adds.

A career that can make a real impact

With a love for the constantly evolving world of science, Anna knew from an early age that it was something she was keen to explore more.

"I chose to study science because I was interested in why things are the way they are in the environment around me. I love the way science connects everything, whether it is immediately obvious or not! Science is constantly evolving, which makes it an exciting field to work in,"

"I was (and continue to be) inspired by scientists whose research furthers our understanding of our influence on the environment. I think it’s important that people do what they can to work towards a better future. I also think it’s important that more of these people are girls and that we encourage and support their interests in science."

 

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