Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)



Ariadni Michou

Country: Greece

Name: Ariadni Michou

Company: AECOM

Position: Graduate Consultant

ITS CourseMSc Transport Planning and the Environment (2016)

I am currently a graduate consultant in the development planning team at Aecom in the Birmingham office. I assist my senior colleagues producing key reports for new developments such as Transport Assessments, confirming sustainability of the areas near to the development and ensuring that the traffic, which the new development will generate, will not negatively affect the local traffic conditions of the existing network. I use key software such as AutoCAD, ArcGIS, PICADY, ARCADY and LINSIG. Furthermore, I advance my technical skills in microsimulation assisting in projects using the microsimulation model VISSIM improving the existing traffic conditions of specific areas of different cities around UK and out of UK. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to collaborate with other teams and work in other projects in the transport sector such as strategic planning. 

The experience at ITS has helped in my job and career in that firstly, I gained a strong level of knowledge of the transport sector improving my confidence in the workplace. Secondly, the excellent reputation of ITS is attractive from the most important companies in transport sector and I had the opportunity to get employed in two different companies after my graduation. 

I chose my ITS course and the University of Leeds because firstly, I wanted to gain knowledge on the influence of transport to the environment because I had a gap of my general knowledge in the transport sector. Secondly, a professor from the university that I graduated in Greece (my home country) recommended ITS as the best University to study transport. 

My advice to students interested in this course and a career in transport is that if you want to work successfully in the transport sector, then study in ITS to gain a strong level of knowledge and start your career in the industry immediately after your graduation. 

I took part in the ITS Employer visits and I had an offer before my graduation. I strongly recommend students who wants to work in UK to attend to this event. The most important help with career advice was the ITS Employer visits, to apply to many companies in transport sector. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to attend to a face-to-face meeting with a specialist in ITS helping me to create my CV and my cover letters. 

In my opinion, the most important achievement in my career so far is that I work in one of the most important companies of transport sector, globally and I can build my career in transport sector. I have had the opportunity to improve my technical skills and complete small projects from the beginning until the very end.