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We recently caught up with two of our graduates from the Birmingham Edmund Street office. Tom Lloyd has been working in the Birmingham office for 11 months now while Jeeves has recently hit his nine-month milestone. Both graduates have been a welcome addition to the office and have taken several opportunities to get involved with work ranging from PERS (Pedestrian Environment Review System) audits on the Isle of Man to conducting door to door engagement as part of our multiple residential travel planning projects in Gloucestershire.

To find out more about our graduates please read the Q&As below.

If you are graduating this year and are looking for a role, please visit https://www.systra.co.uk/index.php/systra-careers/graduates to apply for our graduate consulting or graduate engineering roles.

Jeeves Saini

Which office are you based in?
Birmingham Edmund Street

Where did you go to Uni?
Loughborough Uni

What did you study?
Engineering Physics, MPhys 

What was it about SYSTRA that encouraged you to apply for a role?
Flexibility and freedom in graduate development, and the chance to work on the UK’s biggest and most important transport engineering projects. 

How long have you been at SYSTRA now?
9 months

What sort of projects have you been working on, any highlights?
Evaluation of the urban environment in the context of pedestrian movement to direct the focus of public realm developments in the Isle of Man.  

How are you finding your Graduate Development Programme?
A fluid GDP allows you to find work in the areas that you want to work in and gain more experience in and doesn’t leave you feeling tied down.

Can you give us three words to describe the office environment?
Open, Social, Diverse

Tell us an embarrassing work-related moment?
I told an office full of Brummies that I had no idea who UB40 are and nearly got thrown out by my collar.

Tom Lloyd

Which office are you based in?
Birmingham Edmund Street

Where did you go to Uni?
Coventry Uni

What did you study?
Economics

What was it about SYSTRA that encouraged you to apply for a role?
The opportunity to work on and provide input to a variety of prolific transport projects that drive   social and economic change across the country. Moreover, I was encouraged by the support and guidance offered in the Graduate Development Programme that would help provide the technical and soft skills required to realise this exciting opportunity.

How long have you been at SYSTRA now?
11 months 

What sort of projects have you been working on, any highlights?
Assisted in producing Station Travel Plans for the new Birmingham Curzon Street and Birmingham Interchange HS2 stations. These identified action plans and key issues for both station based on a defined matrix of metrics developed by HS2. Being invited to HS2 to view walkthrough designs of the Curzon Street station was a notable highlight, which provided a real visual impression of what the station will look like and its impact on the city. I have also spent the past few months working on a pedestrian environment review in the Isle of Man. Spending a month on the Isle of Man was a notable highlight, as was Jaks on Douglas Promenade in the evenings after work was done, when the Champions League was on!  

How are you finding your Graduate Development Programme?
The Graduate Development Programme has enabled me to gain exposure to a broad range of projects across the industry, whilst also developing specific consultancy and project management skills to understand the commercial impacts of these projects.  I have been able to attend training courses and conferences as part of the GDP, broadening my skills and meeting various talented people within the industry. Being assigned a mentor also helps to ensure that any missing or deficient skills are identified and subsequently obtained with their support.  

Can you give us three words to describe the office environment?
Amicable, Collaborative, Supportive

Tell us an embarrassing work-related moment?
Whilst working as a customer service assistant at Birmingham New Street, I was helping an elderly passenger onto the train and directed them to their seat. However, before I could alight the train in time, the doors were locked and I was on my way with the passenger. Fortunately, the first stop was only Wolverhampton.  I did subsequently try to get locked onto the direct train to London on a Monday morning in first class, but without success! 

By enabling mobility, SYSTRA’s work strengthens communities, increases social inclusion, fosters economic prosperity and supports environmental improvement. We deliver consultancy, engineering, development and specialist technical services that enable the safe and efficient movement of people and goods.

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