I am heavily involved within the Chartered Institute of Buildings, standing as a ‘Junior vice Chair’ for the ‘East of England Novus Committee’. This gave me the opportunity to network with top construction professionals and directors. I was approached at a Chartered Institute of Building function, where I was giving a presentation, and was asked to attend an interview with Berkeley Homes. I was given a tour around the Royal Arsenal development and immediately knew this was the company I wanted to work for. The whole scheme excited me and I knew this was a great opportunity to kick start my career in construction.
Working as a construction graduate allows me to undertake a variety of different activities and responsibilities from presenting inductions, reviewing and issuing permits, attending meetings, overlooking site activities and liaising with clients, colleagues, sub-contractors, suppliers and the general public.
My role is unique and I am responsible for managing my time within the office and on site. Site activities provide a range of different challenges, due to interacting with all sub contractual work that is taking place.
I have undertaken a range of different courses since starting with Berkeley Homes, from temporary works awareness, working at heights, SMSTS to ICS and powerful presentations. I am also in the process of undertaking my MCIOB Chartership, which will give me the title of ‘Charted Construction Professional’.
Since I was a young child I always wanted to create and draw things, the whole process of becoming a construction professional came naturally to me. My dad runs his own construction company, which presented me with the chance to undertake a bricklaying apprenticeship and progress to what I believe, is a more credible route in climbing the construction ladder. Being involved in construction is natural ideologically and still gets me excited to see what the future holds for me.
Working throughout the day never presents challenges that will get you stressed or worked up. It is about the process of how you deal with the situation and then working together as a team to find a solution. I am extremely fortunate to have a team that consistently guides me and supports my progression in my career.