I believe that you only live once, so make the best of everything that you do. In 2004, I started working at AECOM’s legacy Davis Langdon company as a first-year student doing vocational work to increase my knowledge base. After completing my three-year bachelor of science degree in property development, I was privileged to receive financial assistance from the company to complete my honors in quantity surveying on a full-time basis.

At work, I appreciated the confidence that my management team had put in me and was determined and motivated to work hard and move up. My role model, who is also my mentor and line manager, taught me that you live your life by setting goals with realistic dates and achieving them before you move on to the next one. Today, I thank him for educating me and providing me with the tools I needed to have the successful career that I have at AECOM today. In October 2012, I was promoted to an associate quantity surveyor.

Throughout my tenure here, I have had many opportunities. To name a few, I managed and led a team with another associate over a full-time, four-month secondment in Qatar from November 2012 to February 2013. AECOM has a strong focus on providing opportunities for young professionals to accelerate their learning for the benefit of their careers. I am very proud to be a part of AECOM and to have been given so many opportunities. Not only does it allow me to excel and move up the corporate ladder, but it helps me grow in my outlook on life, and be able to spread my wings, travel the world and see how things are done elsewhere within AECOM.

Currently, as an associate at the Sandton office in South Africa, I am managing a team of six. I’m a very motivated individual and a natural encourager; I enjoy learning what motivates others, encouraging them, and helping them perform at their highest levels. My success in my current role is an indicator of my commitment to excellence and my understanding of what it takes to be successful.

I have embraced the opportunities that AECOM has given me to enhance my expertise and simultaneously achieve the company’s longer term goals and objectives, and I will certainly continue to add value to the organization.