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Insights Inspiring stories of senior women engineers at AtkinsRéalis India

In AtkinsRéalis' expansive journey, it's the committed individuals who craft the most intricate and significant threads. 

We take pride in presenting the remarkable stories of three women who have devoted a substantial part of their lives to AtkinsRéalis, exemplifying our core values through unwavering dedication, adaptability, and a pursuit of excellence. 

Each woman represents a unique thread that adds depth, meaning, and richness to our journey of engineering a better future for our planet and its people. Not only have they supported our mission, but they’ve built legacies that last through demonstrating our values. 

Reshma’s journey at AtkinsRéalis

In the world of civil engineering, few stories are as inspiring as Reshma's journey at AtkinsRéalis. Reshma has nearly two decades of service under her belt and embarked on her professional journey in 1999, fresh out of engineering school. In her early years, she explored various facets of the industry. 

Her career path meandered through suppliers, contractors, and different consulting firms, where she gained invaluable insights into materials, market dynamics, and on-site activities. 

However, it wasn't always smooth sailing, especially as a female engineer in a male-dominated field. But Reshma, resilient and determined, persevered through challenges that would deter the faint-hearted. 

The pivotal moment in Reshma's career came when she joined AtkinsRéalis. In the early years of her career, she changed jobs multiple times, prompting the MEP Director to ask her a crucial question – why should AtkinsRéalis invest in someone who had hopped between companies in such a short time? 

Reshma's unwavering commitment to learning and her willingness to embrace new practices was her response. She promised to stay, a promise she has kept for 19 years and counting. 

During her tenure at AtkinsRéalis, Reshma has worked on a diverse range of projects, showcasing her adaptability. Her projects spanned high-rise buildings, horizontal spreads, schools, hospitals, and even international airports. One standout achievement was her contribution to the Trivandrum International Airport project, a remarkable feat for AtkinsRéalis India.

Reshma's career at AtkinsRéalis has mirrored the company's evolution. She has witnessed the transformation from 2D sketches to 3D platforms, where design is brought to life in ways unimaginable in her early days. The commitment to innovation through digital and delivering high-quality designs has remained unwavering throughout her journey. 

What truly sets AtkinsRéalis apart, in Reshma's eyes, is the company's unwavering commitment to integrity, safety, and collaboration. The emphasis on quality and the importance of delivering the right solutions are values that have deeply resonated with her. She appreciates how AtkinsRéalis prioritizes safety, making the office environment a secure and welcoming place for all employees.

Reshma's passion for learning extends beyond engineering. In her free time, she delves into the world of science and Sanskrit literature. Her pursuit of knowledge is a testament to her curiosity and determination to grow both professionally and personally

Another love of Reshma's life is travel. Exploring India's diverse landscapes and cultures with her family is a cherished hobby. These trips offer not just relaxation but a deeper understanding of the country's rich tapestry of traditions and values.

As Reshma celebrates her 19th year with AtkinsRéalis, we are celebrating that her career has not only been about constructing buildings but also about building a legacy of perseverance, dedication, and a deep alignment with AtkinsRéalis' values. 

It's a testament to her belief in quality, collaboration, and growth – values that AtkinsRéalis holds dear. In an industry that continues to evolve, Reshma's story serves as a reminder that, with unwavering commitment, adaptability, and a passion for learning, we can not only stand the test of time but also thrive. Reshma is not just a civil engineer; she's a beacon of inspiration for those who aspire to make a lasting impact in their careers and the world.

Savita’s journey at AtkinsRéalis India

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Savita, a dedicated and accomplished professional, has truly exemplified the values of accountability, ownership, and collaboration during her remarkable 18-plus years at AtkinsRéalis. 

Her journey began in a remote village in South Karnataka, where she walked 22 kilometers each day to pursue her high school education. The challenges she faced in her childhood only fueled her determination to achieve great things in life. 

Upon moving to Bangalore in search of opportunities, Savita's career journey began with humble origins. She ventured into various organizations and her journey that would define her professional life. 

Starting with AutoCAD line work, Savita's dedication to learning and improving shone through, as she not only mastered new software but also became a trainer herself, upskilling over 500 to 600 individuals within the company. 

Savita's love for her work was evident as she continued to thrive in her role, even at the age of 53. Her exceptional rapport with both her own and external teams, especially in the Middle East, became a cornerstone of her success. Her journey wasn't without its challenges; she was once asked to move to a different department, but her expertise was so valued within the Structures Department that she was encouraged to stay.

One of the pivotal moments in Savita's career was the transition from AutoCAD to Building Information Modeling (BIM). Despite the challenges posed by this shift, Savita embraced it as a challenge, and her efforts paid off as she led her team to success on complex projects, including high-rise buildings. Her outstanding commitment to quality and her ability to navigate demanding projects, even during the pandemic, solidified her reputation as a leader.

Savita's journey at AtkinsRéalis isn't solely about her professional accomplishments; it's also about her personal growth and contributions. Amidst her hectic schedule, she found solace in yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. This routine not only rejuvenated her but also helped her to connect with her team better, fostering an atmosphere of patience and collaboration. 

Additionally, Savita's dedication extended beyond her workplace; she invested her time and effort into supporting schools in her hometown, focusing on education and development.

As Savita reflects on her journey, she recognizes the challenges she overcame, the growth she experienced, and the invaluable relationships she built. 

Even through Savita’s incredible journey and accomplishments, she remains humble and dedicated, continuing to inspire those around her with her unwavering spirit and exceptional professionalism. 

Padmini’s journey at AtkinsRéalis

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In a world that often seems to emphasize youth and novelty, there are stories that prove the immense value of experience and steadfastness. Meet Padmini, a remarkable woman who has been an integral part of AtkinsRéalis for an incredible 21 years. 

Padmini's connection with AtkinsRéalis began two decades ago when she stepped into the realm of structural delivery. For 18 years, she dedicated herself to shaping the architectural landscape, ensuring that numerous projects stood tall and proud. Her work was more than just a job; it was a labour of love that translated into countless high-rise buildings that now adorn Dubai's skyline, a testament to her dedication and expertise.

Having mentored over 400 junior professionals, Padmini's legacy extends beyond the buildings she's helped construct. Her nurturing approach towards her peers is a testament to the community that AtkinsRéalis fosters – one built on shared knowledge and collaboration. 

Padmini's journey, however, was not without its challenges. She battled health issues while serving in the demanding environment of the Middle East. Forced to choose between her health and her passion, she made a bold decision. 

AtkinsRéalis team in Canada beckoned with new beginnings, and Padmini embraced the opportunity with open arms. In the maple-leafed land, her role expanded. She transitioned from solely focusing on delivery to participating in bids and even heading the BIM team, showcasing her versatility and adaptability. This change wasn't just a career shift; it was a testament to AtkinsRéalis' commitment to supporting its employees and creating an environment where they can thrive.

Padmini's achievements span continents, and her contributions resonate across oceans. From overseeing the completion of iconic structures like the IKEA Bangalore to the intricacies of the DGL Doha Gold Line metro project, her fingerprint is etched onto feats that have left lasting impressions. 

Padmini's work in an era when 3D platforms weren't the norm is a testament to her pioneering spirit. Her ability to seamlessly navigate challenges demonstrates the resilience that AtkinsRéalis values in its team members. 

But Padmini's journey isn't just one of professional accomplishments; it's one intertwined with family. Amidst her remarkable career, she stood as a pillar of strength for her disabled child. 

Her unwavering support for her child, along with the passing of her mother, illustrates the tenacity that extends beyond the corporate realm. Her resilience shines even brighter knowing the obstacles she has faced outside of work. 

Padmini's story is a reflection of the values that AtkinsRéalis holds dear – dedication, resilience, and a commitment to excellence. As she took the leap from the Middle East to Canada, she symbolized the spirit of embracing change and seeking better opportunities. Her journey embodies the very essence of what it means to align personal values with those of the company you serve.

So, as Padmini looks back on her 21-year voyage with AtkinsRéalis, we stand in awe of her unwavering dedication. This blog stands as a tribute to her undying commitment, her ability to adapt, her resilience, and her ever-present kindness that has nurtured countless careers. 

Let it serve as a reminder that each day, remarkable individuals like Padmini work tirelessly, not merely as employees, but as torchbearers of the values that companies like AtkinsRéalis hold dear.

Are you ready to excel in your career at AtkinsRéalis India?

As we conclude these remarkable stories, it's evident that AtkinsRéalis is more than just a company; it's a place where values take center stage and where employees like Savita, Padmini, and Reshma bring those values to life every day. 

These remarkable individuals serve not merely as employees but as torchbearers of the values that AtkinsRéalis holds dear. 

Through their dedication, they inspire us all to reach greater heights, reminding us that, in the world of business and engineering, it's not just about constructing buildings but about building legacies that last. 

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