May, 2016Met’s people – Matthew Young’s Transition from Footballer to Engineer

Matthew Young a structural engineer at Met Consultancy Group explains how he started working at Met.

How did you come to work at Met and become an engineer?

I first started work at Met Consultancy Group as an Assistant Surveyor in June 2008. I was a Professional footballer playing for Huddersfield Town up until the age of 22 when my contract was not renewed and I had to revaluate my working roles. I began to work for Met, as I knew of the company through a friend in the business. Met are a multidisciplinary organisation with opportunities in Surveying, Geophysics and Civil & Structural Engineering. I further researched into what working role I would like to develop my career in and decided that Engineering would be something I wish to engage in.

I discussed with Met that I was hoping to go to University to undertake a degree in Civil & Structural Engineering at Bradford University. As they have an engineering department, they offered to sponsor me through my degree and offered me the opportunity for summer placements throughout the four-year course.

What does Met (or working at Met) mean to you?

After graduating with a 1st class honours degree I was offered a job as a Graduate Structural Engineer at Met. I immediately felt part of the team, with senior colleagues always been available to assist me with any queries that I may have. Met have always been flexible with my work to allow this to fit in with playing semi-professional football. Also as part of my continuing professional development, they have assisted me with working towards gaining my Chartered Status, and my colleague Richard Smith has made time within his own busy schedule to mentor me through the scheme as I work towards submitting my portfolio to the Institution of Structural Engineers.

To find out more about the type of work Matthew has been undertaking at Met view the video below.

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