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I was relieved that the anxiety that typically comes with finding a job after university quickly disappeared, with Countryside’s smooth and friendly interview process making everything much less harrowing and a lot more enjoyable!
I chose Countryside’s Graduate Scheme because I wanted to be able to experience different aspects and departments within a company and also be given the chance to consistently develop and progress. I wanted the opportunity to continue my academic qualifications in line with my chosen career path and the Countryside scheme has allowed me to do just that.
After graduating with a degree in History, I never imagined that I would end up working in construction! When I started a position straight after university working for a supplier of materials for a main contractor, I soon became fascinated with being on-site and discussing technical details; I loved how much went into a project from start to finish. I spent my time between working with distributors who supplied our product to main contractors, and with sub-contractors who worked on various construction sites. After two years with the company, I chose to pursue a career in housebuilding, specifically because I wanted to work for a market-leading company.
At the moment, a typical day in the office starts with checking emails and then supporting the senior surveyor on what needs to be done. In my first few weeks, I have learnt about the process of tendering and procurement, and have looked at all the vital documentation and processes that go into this. I have assisted on processing payments for sub-contractors and will soon be starting my own small projects to work on.
I have also visited two sites - Acton Gardens and South Oxhey - to watch and learn how a valuation is done with the agent, as well as observing a meeting to discuss variations. I am based in Acton, in the West London office and am currently working on Phase Five of Acton Gardens, as well as assisting with the procurement of Phase 9.1 soon.
The culture at Countryside is very friendly - everyone makes an effort to ensure you feel at ease. I feel very comfortable asking questions when needed and the work I am going to be undertaking is very exciting! I have thoroughly enjoyed working here so far. I am already working on a variety of tasks and have progressive responsibility.
Our graduate scheme first began in 1980 with CEO of Partnership South, Graham Cherry, being our first graduate. Applications for 2018 open on 1st November 2017 and close on 1st January 2018. The scheme typically begins in October with 12 – 15 graduates, but we are happy to bring graduates in earlier to gain some experience if necessary. Please see our Graduate Programme page for more information.
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