Graduate awards: Are you a role model?
With NCE’s Graduate Awards now inviting entries, David Hayward explains how winning the 2010 prize has helped drive Stuart Ross’ career forward.
Over the last year Arup engineer Stuart Ross has become one of the UK’s youngest chartered civil engineers. He has also been praised by Princess Anne for winning the Royal Academy of Engineering’s coveted Rising Star Award and has been tasked with setting up a pioneering staff liaison group at Arup, putting the views of the company’s graduate engineers direct to the main board.
A few months before the start of 2011 Ross was crowned NCE’s 2010 Graduate of the Year, having been assessed by 16 senior company director judges against 120 contenders.
The awards are open to anyone who graduated in 2011 with a civil engineering or related degree. To enter online, and for further information, visit www.nce.co.uk/graduateawards or contact David Hayward, Graduate Awards secretary on 01325 461149. Email: email@example.com
These events, he claims, have not been achieved in isolation. All were substantially influenced by the experience gained in winning our top graduate award.
“Preparing for, and participating in, the awards offered invaluable experience for the chartered review process,” he asserts. “Even if you do not win through to the finals, just being forced to focus your skills is excellent professional development and I recommend everyone eligible to have a go.”
Interviewed after the awards, 25 year old Ross said he was determined to be chartered within three years of graduating. He achieved this goal in March, just 31 months after leaving university - half the average time.
Three months later, Princess Anne handed him one of only two Royal Academy Rising Star awards offered annually to civil engineers.
His name was put forward by Arup where Ross’ career has accelerated. He is now in charge of procurement delivery for a £45M flood prevention scheme for Edinburgh’s Water of Leith. He has also been asked to spearhead an “early career” group in which all the consultant’s 200 plus graduates across several disciplines can express their views to the Arup board.
Similarly he has risen up the ICE ladder and now sits on the ICE’s main UK graduates and students board plus Scotland’s national committee.
Through these roles he has been recruited by ICE President Richard Coackley to help develop a new Institution initiative - the Young Members Development Panel.
The aim, says Ross, is to encourage and enable younger ICE members to sit on main Institution committees to help balance the usual “somewhat older” panel members.
Coackley has long been a keen supporter of the awards and has also asked Ross to be his special ambassador helping promote further Institution aims.
“The awards provide an excellent and unique forum for exposing high talented young civil engineers,” says Coackley.
Ross is highlighting key regional infrastructure messages that the ICE wants to get across to Scottish politicians and is working alongside the ICE’s expert panels offering, as Coackley puts it, “blue sky thinking” to prime ICE challenges.
And all this because he filled in a simple entry form.
So listen up anyone who graduated last year. Enter the awards now and get yourself noticed by employers, by industry leaders and by ICE Presidents.