Featured Employee – Ardessa Alleyn
Ardessa is a Field Engineer at RAM. She has obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science in Materials Engineering from the University of British Columbia (UBC), with a focus on Materials Behaviour and Design and is a registered Engineer in Training (E.I.T.) with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC). Ardessa has extensive experience in project coordination (e.g., coordinating submissions with other consultants and coordinating construction meetings) and supporting the review of budget schedules.
Tell us about your role at RAM! What is your favorite part about it?
I am a Field Engineer for the Construction Management team at RAM and have had the opportunity to learn from three (3) big projects throughout the past year. Throughout these projects I have received great support from my colleagues – whether it was advice on how to lead meetings, learning to develop schedules, or the inside scoop on when Cake Day is, someone is always there to help. With this being my first job out of university, and having been apart of multiple projects, my skill set has grown immensely over the past year, and I am very excited to see what new opportunities come in 2023.
What advice would you give to recent new hires?
Utilize those first three (3) months! Come to the office and introduce yourself – it’s always nice to meet a new hire and hear about their background! You are always working with the various departments within RAM so it is nice to put a face to name. My second piece of advice would be joining a RAM club. There is always a way to get involved including the Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee, the Young Professionals Group, or the Innovation Squad.
What are 3 career lessons you’ve learned this far?
- Keep well documented meeting minutes – you never know when they will come in handy
- Though you will be busy with projects and other tasks at work, it’s important to make time for yourself to grow and evolve professionally as an individual
- The most daunting task can be the most rewarding
What do you like to do on your days off?
I am a big homebody, so I love to spend my time at home drinking tea, reading, or attempting a new soup recipe. Lately, however, I have ventured outside and am taking a pottery class and am attempting to get back into snowboarding for the holiday season. Otherwise, on the rare occasion, you can see me out getting food with friends or heading to my relatives for card games and coffee.
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