Degree Studied: Geography BA (Hons) 1st Class, Spatial Planning MSc
University Attended: University of Liverpool (Undergraduate), University College London (Postgraduate)
Job Title: Land & Planning Graduate
Location: Head Office (Chertsey)
Length of time with the company: 2 years (Sept 2014 – Present)
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Graduate Opportunities: Land & Planning, Technical and Commercial departments across South of England locations
Contact Details: Anthony Wilkinson, Head of Learning & Development. 01932 580 555
Locations: Bristol, Chertsey, St Albans, London, Brentwood
Deadlines: 30th November 2016 for September 2017 intake
Why did you choose your company?
For the opportunity to contribute to the design and development of large-scale housing schemes and garden villages, the value of which I had come to appreciate during my studies.
What do you do on a day-to-day basis?
My day-to-day roles vary greatly and I’m lucky enough to enjoy a variety of office and site-based work. This means I’m constantly able to learn more about the active promotion of large sites through the planning system and their acquisition.
Which skills/experience are key for your role?
I’ve found organisation to be very important, prioritising workload and multitasking various projects.
What are the best things about your job?
The rotation scheme provides a variety of challenging work and gave me responsibility for my own projects from the start.
How does the grad programme/scheme work?
As a Graduate I spent nine months in my original placement in Land and Planning. This was followed by placements in other departments throughout the two-year rotation scheme.
We are each allocated an Executive sponsor and I have greatly benefited from the direct support of the sponsor who has helped to tailor a specific programme to extend my experience of departments and projects within different business units and ensure I achieve a balanced start to my career in the industry.
What sets your company apart from their competitors as a Top Graduate Employer?
You are expected to take responsibility and contribute meaningfully from day one.
What’s next for you after the programme finishes?
Promotion to a new role as Assistant Development Manager within Crest Strategic Projects.
What advice would you give to someone applying for a role with your company?
Always read news about the industry in relation to the job you are applying for; this shows your engagement and provides information on the challenges the house building industry faces.