Hannah Ratcliffe

I can pin-point the exact moment which shaped my career.

It was a careers lunch at school, where a woman from Construction Skills, a recruitment company, asked me, ‘have you ever considered a career in Civil Engineering?’ My answer was no, but her question inspired me to find out more, which led to me gaining work experience with Balfour Beatty on the iconic Forth Rail Bridge. This experience changed everything.

I graduated with a Master’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2014 having gained valuable experience through summer placements with Transport Scotland and Scottish Water. After graduating I joined the engineering consultancy Jacobs and have enjoyed nearly a six-year career working on mostly large infrastructure schemes across the UK, including the A90/A96 Haudagain Improvement scheme, Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, A9 Dualling, A9/A82 Longman Junction Improvement scheme, the Heathrow Expansion Project and M3 Junction 9 Improvements scheme.

I am continuously developing as an engineer, having started at Jacobs on their Graduate Development Programme, to taking on design lead responsibilities and more recently project management roles.

I am currently working towards my chartership with the Institution of Civil Engineers and will be sitting my Chartered Professional Review in Spring 2020.

Through my role as a STEM Ambassador, I have promoted engineering and science through engaging with schools and universities at a variety of events. I want to be that person who inspires others to consider a career in Civil Engineering, just like someone was able to do for me 12 years ago.