Serena Gough

Graduate Civil Engineer, AECOM

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STEM can have a big impact on the world, why wouldn't you want to be a part of that?

What do you do?

In the Streets team, I work on all aspects of road design, from junction modelling to the design of road alignment, kerbs, road markings and traffic signs. Everything on a road - I design that!

Why did you choose this field?

I had always been interested in Maths and Physics at school, so these naturally led to Engineering. My interest in Geography led to work experience in the planning department of my local council, which was my first insight into geotechnical (ground) engineering. I learned that this was an area of civil engineering and after further research and work experience, I knew that it was the career for me!

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I achieved a First Class Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham. I gained an Institution of Civil Engineers QUEST Undergraduate Scholarship, as well as several other accolades during my time at university, such as 'Inspirational Student' and a Vice Chancellor's Medal. I am very proud of these achievements as I am the first in my family to attend university and never thought I would be able to have a masters degree in STEM from a Russell Group university.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM as it is so applicable to the world around me. As a Civil Engineer, I have the opportunity to literally change the world we live in. I look forward to solving design problems and making positive changes to infrastructure.

Best advice for next generation?

STEM can have a big impact on the world, why wouldn't you want to be a part of that? Anything is possible if you want it to be.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

When I feel I am struggling with my work, I think to myself - "If someone else has managed this, then I can do this too”.”

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