Dolapo is a Project Manager based in Scoutston, near Glasgow.
 
‘I was initially involved with the business as a contractor, working for three years as an assistant project manager on the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier and then on the HMS Prince of Wales. I really enjoyed seeing the contribution my work made to those complex projects. .
 
I was offered the chance to become a permanent employee and I was very pleased to do so. The tangibility of the work I’m doing. How it is contributing to something bigger than I am. I feel valued here, and I can see the contribution that my work is making, which makes me feel very proud. I get regular feedback from my managers but I never feel micromanaged. I’m trusted to make decisions and get on with things.
 
I’ve just come back from maternity leave and I’m being fully supported in my transition back into work. I am currently splitting my time working from home with and coming into the office. I felt like they took the time to listen to that, which is really useful with a small baby to look after. It goes a long way to help with the challenges that come with being a working parent.
 
It’s been a gradual return to work so far, but I know the pace is about to pick up on my latest project. I’m part of a great team, we all share ideas and advice. It’s a real community and such a welcoming culture. We all share the same ‘can-do’ attitude, we’re all genuine people, happy to help each other. We know what we’re doing is important, and we’ve a shared sense of purpose.’
 

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