What made you want to work at JN Bentley?
I first found out about JN Bentley because of the link that they had with my secondary school. Whilst studying Civil Engineering at Leeds University, I decided to do a summer placement to gain some practical experience. I lived near JN Bentley’s Skipton office, so I applied for a placement.
I really enjoyed the experience and ended up doing three consecutive summer placements. When I graduated they offered me a full-time position, I accepted because they had shown interest in me ever since my first day and had supported me throughout my studies.
How did JN Bentley support you whilst you were at university?
JN Bentley were so supportive throughout my time at university; they gave me practical experience, financial support - which helped me to continue studying and get my Master’s Degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering - and they offered me a Graduate position at the end of my studies. They also helped me to come up with a title for my dissertation, and provided me with a lot of useful industry contacts during my final year.
How have JN Bentley helped to develop your career?
From day one, I was given the option of working on site or in the office. I chose to work on site and I was given all the required training to become a Site Engineer. Within 12 months I became a Sub Agent, and helped to manage a small Sewage Pumping Station. JN Bentley also introduced me to the ICE Engineering Scheme, and ever since have supported me to achieve my goal of becoming a chartered Civil Engineer. I have also worked through JNB’s Civil Engineering Development Scheme and had the opportunity to study a part-time course in Construction Management and Contract Law.
What is the best thing about working at JNB?
What I like so much about Bentleys is that the onus is on you to push yourself (you’ve got to have self-drive!). If you do, then Bentleys support you 100% in the decisions that you make. For example, a lot of my friends on graduate schemes have exactly 3 months in a department and then move on. At Bentleys you have a say in where you go and what you do. They can move you around to gain the experience that you need to develop. No two engineers would have the same experience or follow exactly the same path. Each plan is developed to suit that individual and reviewed regularly and amended if required.
If you show motivation and commitment then things will happen quicker. It is all down to the individual. But all the engineers know that Bentleys will train and support them so that incentivises everyone to do well and prove themselves to develop to be that 'engineer of the future'.