Ben Robbins is in year three of studying MEng (Hons) Civil Engineering and is currently on his industrial placement year with Jacobs (2015-16).

“I am currently in my third year at Plymouth University studying for a MEng in Civil and Coastal Engineering. The third year of my course gives the opportunity to complete an industrial placement year, before returning for a further two years study.

I was fortunate to join Jacobs this summer as a winner of the ‘Jacobs Young Talent Award’. This opportunity was first advertised to me during a presentation, conducted by Nigel Edwards, in one of my lectures. After researching the company, I was attracted to Jacobs by their broad multidisciplinary portfolio as well as their sustainable approach to business. I applied and was shortlisted for interview; I was delighted when I was awarded a position within the Energy team. I joined Jacobs’ Exeter office at the end of May this year, straight after my university exams (with only a few days off!).

During my time at Jacobs so far, I have had the opportunity to undertake work on a variety of different projects. I have found the work environment at Jacobs very supportive of my development as an engineer, with my colleagues always keen to help out and ensure that I get to try my hand at as many different skills and projects as possible, essential when trying to get the most from my year in the industry. After a positive start, I am looking forward to my future development and hopefully a long career with Jacobs.”