Have you always wanted to work in civil engineering?
Studying Business & Finance, civil engineering wasn't something I'd necessarily considered, but in my second year I applied for an accounting placement at JN Bentley. A few weeks later, I got a phone call suggesting that I should apply for a position as a Quantity Surveyor. So I did some research into it, and thought it seemed to suit me. The balance of cost management and project delivery is something which I've always enjoyed.
How did JN Bentley support you while you were at university?
The company sponsored me through my final year at university which helped a lot. Rather than having to worry about a part time job I could focus on my studies. But overall, I'd say that in my placement year and first few years as a graduate, I learnt a lot more than I did at university.
What made you want to work at JN Bentley?
I remember my placement interview being very relaxed, and the Skipton office seemed like a good place to work. When I did my placement year, the whole team in traditional contracts quickly made me feel part of the team. I worked alongside Bob Lafbery for a year, and couldn't have asked for a better mentor.
How has JNB helped to develop your career?
The company has helped me to develop my career in lots of different ways. Working with experienced, knowledgeable people has helped me greatly, and working as part of brilliant project teams, as I did at Strongford, has given me invaluable experience.
Last year, the company put me through the Integral Leadership course which I found really useful. I'd recommend the course to anybody who gets the opportunity to do it, not least for the content that Peter and Richard deliver, but also the opportunity to meet lots of different people from varying parts of the business.