Young professionals series: Meet Aashil
As Mead & Hunt continues to grow, we’re excited to welcome many up-and-coming professionals to our company. It’s great to couple their enthusiasm and perspective with the experience and skills of our team of veteran Mead & Hunters. Let’s meet a few of them in this series.
Introducing Aashil Randive (Buildings group in our Middleton location).
Tell us about your background
I was 9 years old when my family and I moved from India to the US (Mississippi). After going through middle and high school there, I went to Mississippi State University to major in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating in 2016, I got lucky and found my first job out of college here at Mead & Hunt as an entry-level mechanical engineer.
What kind of work have you been doing during your first few months at Mead & Hunt?
Since I started working here, I have been learning and utilizing different types of software for working on projects, getting familiar with engineering codes and standards, learning industry practices, and helping other engineers on facility assessments and various reports. I have lost count of how many training seminars I have gotten the opportunity to attend, and there are many more to come. I have met several experts in different fields in this industry, both inside and outside the company. The opportunities that Mead & Hunt provides are awesome.
What has surprised you about your time here so far?
The one thing that has and keeps surprising me here is Mead & Hunt’s culture and the focus on employees. I was a bit nervous in college about working in a company that did not take care of their employees, but fortunately Mead & Hunt is a very employee-focused company. Everyone here is extremely nice and understanding – I ask a ton of questions and people are always patient with me. There are lots of internal groups and programs focused on professional growth, helping people both inside and outside the firm, and organizing frequent office parties. Plus, we get free ice cream every Wednesday in the summer.
Name one thing you learned in your college studies that has been very useful in the workplace?
College was fairly broad in terms of knowledge gained, but the one thing I learned that has been very useful here is networking. Getting to meet all sorts of professionals both inside and outside the company has been a great resource for learning.
What’s one piece of advice you would give a soon-to-be college grad?
Start applying for jobs at least the semester before you graduate. The job application process can be long, so the earlier you start, the better your chances.
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