Harry Rutherford

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Civil Engineering
Job title: Assistant Project Manager
Subject of study: Civil Engineering
Year of graduation: 2017
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Taylor Woodrow

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Since leaving Exeter I have worked on multiple construction sites as part of the principle contracting company. These projects have included the fitout of a London Underground station and the earthwork and highways structures of a motorway junction in Kent. Since 2020 I have been working on Old Oak Common station in a variety of roles. This station will be the interchange point between HS2, Great Western and Elizabeth Line services.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

I wanted a career where every day is difference and where I can make a real difference to society. I love being able to see works taking place on site and I get a great sense of accomplishment from seeing projects through to completion.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Whilst at University, I was heavily involved in the Expedition Society (Exsoc). I was the treasurer in my third year and the vice president in my fourth.

What did you enjoy most about your programme and what was the biggest highlight?

I loved the interactive elements, particularly the time spent in the concrete lab.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Exeter is made by its campus and its people.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

I was not completely sure that a straight civil engineering course was right for me so I was drawn to Exeter for it’s combined first year. I came and fell in love with the place.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Some of the most useful experiences have been the periods of paid employment that I undertook over the summers between years of study. This gave me a head-start when entering the job market.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

The University has links to alumni in all sorts of engineering roles all over the world. If you have questions then the careers desk is the place to go.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to be chartered with the ICE by the end of 2023. After that, I’m not so sure.


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