The next person to be featured in our #MeetBSD series is Adam Middleton who is a Senior electrical engineer in our Cambridge office. Having worked for us for three years, Adam gives us some insight to both his personal and professional life at the company.
What do you do at BSD?
At BSD I work as a senior electrical engineer. My main responsibility is to carry out the design work of all things electrical, as well as going to client and site meetings to discuss the planning and installation of our designs.
I also regularly carry out site visits and surveys to make sure everything is on track and is meeting stakeholder requirements.
Part of my job involves checking other people’s work, mentoring the younger generation of engineers to make sure we continue to meet the high standards we expect at BSD.
How did you decide to get into M&E consultancy side of the industry?
I initially trained as an electrician.
I really enjoyed it but I was always interested in understanding why things were designed a certain way and wanted to get involved in the design aspect of the industry, which is why I made the move towards engineering.
What has been your greatest achievement so far?
There have been a few over the years but I would have to say my greatest achievements so far are definitely my two children Joseph (5) and Bethany (3).
Apart from them, I would probably say that cycling 1,500 miles around New Zealand on my own with all of my possessions was a great achievement for me. I also spent six months in a martial arts training camp in Thailand which was an amazing experience.
Most recently, I managed to gain a first in my building services engineering degree which I consider to be another big accomplishment.
What keeps you awake at night?
Very little, if I’m honest – thankfully I’m a deep sleeper so as soon as my head hits the pillow that’s it, I’m out like a light!
If you could turn back the clock, what would you do differently?
To be honest, I don’t think I would do anything differently.
I have to say, I am pretty happy with the choices and decisions that I have made and the way my life has played out. I guess I’m pretty lucky in that respect.
What has surprised you most about the property and construction industry?
I would have to say the thing that surprised me most about the industry was the attitude held by some that there is always someone else to blame if something goes wrong, which can be really frustrating in the work environment. Learning to work around this has been pretty challenging.
A design team is always working to the same goal, we want a project to complete on time and on budget, fulfilling a client’s brief and benefitting end users – so why there’s a blame culture I don’t know. Collaborative working is the only way we’re going to progress as an industry.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Don’t waste any time.
As I’ve got older, I’ve realised how important it is to pursue a career you enjoy and are passionate about. You need to be fulfilled – but also challenged – by your job, which is what I’ve now found after many years of trying different things.
What business outside of BSD do you admire the most and why?
I would definitely have to say Amazon. I admire its efficiency and organisation and the way it has transformed the retail environment by moving it online.
Although I know some people would say that this has come at the cost of the local high street, I don’t think it can go unnoticed how they have helped make shopping so much easier and more enjoyable for those who don’t like shopping in store during busy periods.
What do you consider to be your kryptonite?
I am a perfectionist and tend to expect the same from others, which can be challenging at times. I know not everyone is wired the same way so I have to work hard to manage my expectations and remind myself that people do things differently.If you missed the last series of #MeetBSD catch up here