Assistant Project Manager
From the minute Aishwarya Upadhyaya joined Mace, she’s hit the ground running as a star performer on the project management team in India. With a strong passion for teamwork and cross-functional collaboration, Aishwarya is keeping project delivery on track in Mumbai.
- How did you end up working for Mace?
- I have an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Shivaji University, in the state of Maharashtra in western India. After graduation, I pursued a post-graduate diploma at the National Institute of Construction Management and Research in Pune, and met a representative from Mace during our college placement week. I really wanted to work for a global company and Mace stood out as a company with a great culture and strong international presence.
- Why construction?
- As a child I was always interested in maths. My brother is an engineer and seeing him work on big sheets and understanding how those numbers can relate to a structure or to a cost really fascinated me. I’m from a small town but I had access to good TV shows that showed construction of big buildings and hotels. The link between what I saw on the screen and what my brother was doing pulled me in. I understood that the maths and numbers in engineering can be used to change the world.
- What do you enjoy about Mace?
- The positive impression of Mace that I was first given during the interviews at university has prevailed. Most companies have a set process for recruiting work placements, but Mace did things differently. Rather than creating interviews focused on theoretical or technical questions, Mace took a practical approach with team exercises, which gave me a sense of what they were looking for and whether I would be a good fit. Now that I’m an employee I get to experience that team atmosphere first hand. Mace brings a wealth of industry experience from different countries - everyone is always happy to share their knowledge and ensure the best outcome for the client. It’s a great environment.
- What has been your proudest achievement at Mace?
- The first milestone was six months after I joined when I was given a chance to visit my college and share my experience at Mace. It was a nice feeling to be able to bridge the corporate world with the institute where I studied. A second milestone was when I was recognised with the Champion of the Quarter award from the Head Office during my third quarter at Mace. The third milestone has been being considered for this interview.
- What skills do you need to be good at your job?
- In this line of work, you must be solution-oriented and able to quickly identify red flags and overcome challenges for the client. It’s also crucial to be a strong team member with a flexible mind. We coordinate between cross-functional teams on all our projects so it’s important to understand stakeholder management to achieve on-time delivery.
- What advice would you give to someone looking to get into what you do?
- You must be interested, curious, and someone who wants to learn. In many ways it comes down to keeping the mind of a student as you progress professionally.
- What are you passionate about outside of work?
- It’s important to keep a life outside of work. I love to dance and I love to travel. I was 14 years old the first time I travelled without my family. I went on a hiking trek for two weeks in the Himalayan base - it was a fantastic experience. I want to travel more, and I hope to plan a solo trip soon.
“Mace brings a wealth of industry experience from different countries - everyone is always happy to share their knowledge and ensure the best outcome for the client. It’s a great environment.”