Skype makes it easy to keep in touch
Source: Irish Independent Special Supplement
09 January 2012
When Mary O’Connell graduated in Civil Engineering from Trinity College Dublin in 2008, the construction boom in Ireland was on the verge of collapse.
That wasn’t what drove her to move to London in search of work. A summer internship with construction giant Laing O’Rourke the previous year had already made her mind up.
“I got to know London and decided it was where I wanted to be once I graduated” said Mary of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and a former pupil of Rockwell College, Cashel.
In the three years since, she has worked on projects including the City of Westminster Magistrates Court on Marylebone Road, and last year as site engineer at the Farringdon station redevelopment works.
“It is planned that 140 trains per hour will pass through the station when works are completed in 2018. It will then be one of the busiest train stations in Britain, linking the city to Canary Wharf and Heathrow. It is a fascinating project and I am lucky to be working on it”.
Since returning after Christmas, she is on a design secondment with structural engineering company Aecon, currently working on a schools project in north London.
Beyond the job, Mary loves living in London and finds herself in the company of many college friends who moved to the city to further their careers.
“We have a close-knit community. In many ways, London is a home from home. Because of the low air fares, the internet and Skype it is cheap and accessible to maintain contact with family and friends on a regular basis. It helps us to keep in touch with what’s going on at home”.
She enthuses: “London is a great place to be. It is a multicultural and fun city and still, it is only a few hours from home. Already the excitement has started to build with the Olympics coming up in the summer. All in all, it is a fantastic time to be living and working as an engineer in London”.
Mary O’Connell outside Farringdon Station in London