Meet the Graduate
Published: 29 May 2015
Name: Rebecca Beadie
Job Title: Graduate mechanical engineer
Works at: Aker Solutions
Qualifications: Masters in mechanical engineering (integrated masters – five-year course) University of Aberdeen.
WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE?
I am based at our new office in Aberdeen where I work with a team of engineers in the subsea sector of the business.
My work includes analysing the feasibility of intricate solutions for challenges on equipment and infrastructure offshore. The subsea sector is at the forefront of engineering innovation in the industry, so I have a great opportunity to work with, and learn from, some highly skilled senior engineers.
YOUR JOB’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
Putting the theory I learned at university into practice in the real world has been a real learning curve. That said, I have definitely thrived from accomplishing so much in such a short space of time. Engineering is very theoretical at university, so applying that theory to real work every day is a good challenge. It is definitely worth the effort.
BEST THING ABOUT YOUR ROLE?
The best thing about my job is the diverse range of learning opportunities I have, from on-the-job training and direct project experience to formal courses and cross-departmental working. I definitely feel a real purpose in what I do day-to-day, and I’ve had the chance to showcase a lot of different skills. I also have a great support network at work too.
BEST CAREER ADVICE?
It is important that your job interests you and keeps you engaged. One way of ensuring that is by grabbing opportunities that are presented, even if those are challenging. Ultimately, the more you put into your job, the more you get out of it.
WHAT’S YOUR DREAM?
I would like to become a chartered engineer and grow into a leadership role. Moving forward, I would love to have the opportunity to work overseas with Aker Solutions.