Zahra Ghaffari

"If you really want to jump start your career and develop your industry skills, then I couldn’t recommend ISG’s graduate programme more."

After moving to London, I decided to follow my passion for engineering and construction, and took up a degree in Structural Engineering from Imperial College London.

I didn’t want my education to stop when I finished my degree, so I checked out ISG’s website to see what types of grad programmes they offered. I knew ISG was one of the top contractors in the UK, and thought it would be a great place to continue learning and growing. And I was right. The programme has not only given me a chance to work on world-class projects and develop my engineering skills, but my personal skills too.

I joined ISG as a graduate trainee, and since then I’ve shadowed and worked with some of the best in the industry. The graduate programme has given me the chance to take different courses and I’ve learned more about how the business works – from construction and temporary works, to contracts, cost and budget, planning, and sustainability. I never realised how diverse the business was, but the grad programme really highlighted this.

I’m currently working on one of ISG’s biggest projects – 20 Old Bailey– and the experience on a project of this size has been invaluable. Day-to-day I’m responsible for dealing with structural issues raised by sub-contractors, acting as a temporary works supervisor, reviewing and approving structural engineers’ drawings, and carrying out regular site inspections on the project.

If you really want to jump start your career and develop your industry skills, then I couldn’t recommend ISG’s graduate programme more. ISG provides you with essential training, the chance to work with and learn from some of the industry’s best, and gives you the building blocks you need to help you succeed.