Teni, Graduate

Graduate, Teni Olokesusi, joined Skanska as part of her university placement year. She explains why she chose an internship to put her theory into practice onsite.

“The fact that Skanska builds for a better society is what really set the company apart from others when I was looking for my internship. I find it really rewarding that the work has a big impact on people’s lives – from building schools and hospitals to transport infrastructure – Skanska’s projects are not just landmarks, they make a difference for people every day. It’s great to have the opportunity to be a part of that so early on in my construction career and I want to build for a better society.”

Teni is based at the St Giles Circus site in London, where Skanska has been awarded a £142 million development contract. She said: “I’m shadowing the role of construction site manager, so I get a full overview of what it takes to run the site day-to-day; overseeing all issues, documenting each day’s activities and looking after health and safety, as well as contractors, clients and the general public. Construction is so friendly and I get to meet new people every day. Each day is different, so there’s always a new challenge to get involved in.”

For Teni, the graduate experience is about insights into her future career. She added: “It offers such a great overview of what you can do. To see things in practice has really helped me understand all the options and think about which career path is right for me. I have learned so much. 

“Going forward, it will put me in a strong position to secure a job at the end of my degree, as I’ll have plenty of practical experience to complement my studies. I am now even considering working toward a masters or working abroad – hopefully continuing to achieve my career goals with Skanska.”

Last updated: 07/08/2017