Gavin Little - Graduate Engineer - Atkins

Issued: Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Gavin Little is a 2nd Year Graduate Civil Engineer with Atkins and believes that being a STEM Ambassador gives you a fantastic opportunity work with and inspire the younger generations to pursue a STEM career through work in workshops, presentations, events and work experience placements. "Not only do you get the satisfaction of making a real positive impact to younger people’s future careers, but personally you learn so much from the experience yourself! Becoming a STEM Ambassador is such a great and beneficial experience and I would recommend it to all enthusiastic about their STEM careers."

Why did you decide to become a STEM Ambassador?

I was inspired to become a Civil Engineer when I attended two separate week-long engineering work experiences whilst in the final years of secondary school. Now that I am successfully pursuing my desired career route, I want to give back and inspire potential engineers of the future and being a STEM Ambassador gives so many opportunities to do this.

Which area of STEM are you most passionate about?

I am passionate about engineering, with a distinct focus on Civil Engineering and Water Engineering. I have also been very passionate about explaining the endless possibilities of work travel which open up with a career in Engineering, bringing up my own experience of site work in the north of Scotland and my upcoming secondment to Bangalore, India.

What is your favourite thing about being a STEM Ambassador?

I very much enjoy working with my colleagues and participants to prepare and take part in fun activities and events. This allows assist in introducing engineering concepts to the younger generation via fun activities that I enjoy taking part in.

Describe your favourite or most memorable activity so far:

My favourite activity so far has been attending STEM Fest 2019 at the Glasgow Science centre where a few hundred people attended the event. We as Atkins Representatives and STEM Ambassadors conducted an activity where kids were encouraged to build miniature towers out of toothpicks and mini marshmallows and then tested their structures in a homemade ‘earthquake simulator’ made from a shoe box and marbles. Kids and families fully involved themselves in the activity and it was very successful and personally I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the event. This also gave me the opportunity to speak with fellow STEM Ambassadors from other industries which was a great learning experience.

What STEM Ambassador activities do you have planned for the future?

I intend to complete a few workshops/presentations in my past secondary school and university where I can present what my early experience of working as a Civil Engineer has been to hopefully inspire school students to pursue an engineering degree or for the latter student in university, to inspire them to pursue a graduate job in Atkins or within the Water Engineering sector. I also intend to keep in contact with my companies STEM Coordinator who regularly advertises STEM events to take part in as well as regularly check the wide range of activities advertised on the STEM Ambassadors website.

What advice would you give to new STEM Ambassadors?

I would recommend that STEM Ambassadors be enthusiastic and willing to try activities that they normally wouldn’t attend. Even though I am a Civil Engineer, I helped out at an Electrical Engineering Careers and Beers event which was a very enjoyable and successful event. I normally would have avoided this event, assuming that I couldn’t help due to me being in a different field, but my experience in Atkins and the Engineering industry proved to be very beneficial for attendees.