Meet Luke O’Connell, Graduate Engineer at GDG

The GDG Graduate Programme offers a unique and compelling package for students aspiring to excel in engineering. The combination of six-month rotations, competitive salary, exciting project opportunities, training and mentoring, and the clear path to promotion as a Design Engineer makes GDG an exceptional place to launch your career.

We’re delighted to introduce you to Luke O’Connell, a current Graduate Engineer at GDG, who shares his experience of our Graduate Programme.

What initially attracted you to GDG’s graduate programme?

I was initially intrigued by the renewable energy activities at GDG, an area I have a strong interest in and one I believe will become a big part of our industry.


How has the programme helped you grow?

The graduate programme has given me the opportunity to see a project through its entire lifecycle. It is like having the hands-on experience of a small practice with the resources, personnel and projects of a large practice. It allows you to shape the type of engineer you would like to be.

Personally, through working collaboratively across a number of teams I’ve improved my communication skills and I am a lot more confident in myself.

What has been your most memorable experience or achievement during your time in the graduate programme?

I  played a key role in a project that was the first of its kind in the country. I also participated in several nationwide studies that will hopefully impact the industry for the better

What advice would you give to someone considering joining the GDG graduate programme?

I would encourage anyone considering joining the GDG graduate programme to embrace the opportunity with an open mind. During the rotations, you may discover that your initial sector preferences might change. The work across all sectors in GDG is engaging and diverse, with exciting new projects and challenges, in addition to the more traditional ones.


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