Tell us a bit about how you got into surveying…
After graduating from Uni with a degree in Geography I wasn’t sure what to get into, I like the idea of planning and initially wanted to be a transport planner but decided it was too much modelling. I landed my first role in the council in the minerals and waste team and enjoyed the work but didn’t like being involved in the policy side and wanted to be on the other side of the fence and submitting applications. I decided to take a career break, that involved travelling and working around Asia and Australia for a few years and topping up my tan. Upon returning I decided that to progress I needed to do my masters, so I successfully got onto the Spatial Planning and Development Course at Cardiff University which was an accredited degree bv the RTPI. I have since completed this whilst working at Sanderson Weatherall and am working towards applying for my accreditation in 2021.
What attracted you to apply at SW?
I was recommended the role by a friend who had worked at the company previously. When I enquired the original role was for a full time graduate planner, at the time I was on a university course and in lectures 2 days a week. The role was made flexible for myself and allowed to initially work 3 days a week to be able to complete my studies and then eventually I went full time. The supporting and accommodating nature of Sanderson Weatherall led me to take the decision that Sanderson Weatherall was the right company for me.
What is your favourite building and why?
I’m a fan of old industrial properties that are being repurposed into shops and residential flats. The high ceilings and exposed brickwork and original features like exposed metal supports makes them unique and the repurposing and reclamation of unloved buildings I think is a great use of land and maintains that the heritage of the country is retained.