What attracted you to JN Bentley as a graduate and why did you apply?
After spending a year working in Leeds as a Civil Engineer whilst on placement from university, I rejoined JN Bentley full-time in 2015 after completing my degree. Since coming back the company has supported my professional development and career progression to achieve my goal of eventually becoming chartered with the ICE.
What were your day- to -day responsibilities?
From day one of my placement I was given responsibility for an investigation scheme looking at pipe bridges and providing a solution to restore the asset.
Since then I have worked as a Project Leader in the Design team and gained experience on a large cross section of schemes including clean and waste pumping stations, river restoration and fish pass schemes, flood resilience and security schemes among others.
I have gained experience of working with other consultants as well as working face to face with the client.
What aspects of J N Bentley life and culture did you enjoy?
In the past I have worked for companies which seem ‘faceless’, however within JN Bentley the culture seems to be that even Directors and senior management get involved in the smaller decisions, such as looking over and offering advice on designs for schemes which I found quite refreshing.
What advice would you give to future placement students?
Be willing to get involved in as many different aspects of the work as you can, even if it something you’ve never done before, there’s always help available and the year is about gaining a full and realistic experience within the industry.