Kate Hatton

Graduate Transport Planner

There’s a great culture of teamwork in the office. Everyone is always friendly and willing to help

What do you do all day?

I work for a consultancy undertaking transport planning projects. These are mainly pedestrian and cycle-based schemes, as all my work is designed to improve infrastructure. I also do lots of onsite assessments and audits both for road safety schemes and pedestrian and cycle audits.

What do you like best about your role?

The variety! I get the opportunity to work on so many different projects. This allows me to learn lots of useful skills, and work with different people, either within the company or directly with clients. I also enjoy getting out on site. There are so many aspects to the job.

What qualities do you need to do your job well?

You need to be flexible and organised to keep track of all the different projects, and a good communicator to deal with clients. Due to the size and range of projects, you often find yourself working with different parts of the office, so being a good team player is vital, too.

Have you developed personally or professionally since you joined the organisation?

Definitely. I was working in London as a Graduate Transport Planner and joined WSP UK because I was looking to broaden my range of experience in transport planning and the wider transport sector. I’ve done this by working on a diverse range of projects since joining, from road safety site audits, to GIS mapping, to creating Travel Plans and Transport Assessments. This has given me much more confidence, and allowed me to learn new skills.

Outside of work, what do you get up to?

I love to travel and am always looking to plan my next trip abroad. When I’m stuck on these shores I like to keep fit and active by going to the gym.

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