A day in the life of an environmental and sustainability graduate

It’s safe to say no two days are ever the same at JBA, but what exactly does a typical day look like for an Environmental and Sustainability graduate?

A Day in the Life of an Environmental and Sustainability Graduate - Matt Amy“My name is Matt Amy and I work as an Archaeology and Heritage Consultant. I joined JBA back in March 2020, exactly 10 days prior to the first lockdown which wasn’t an ideal start! 

Typically, I spend the majority of my time contributing to reports. These can be anything from very short, high level assessments of impacts on heritage and archaeology from construction projects to condition reports of Scheduled Monuments. They also cover Listed Building Consent and Heritage Statements and desk-based assessments of the historic environment in a given area. I also get the pleasure of visiting sites to liaise with contractors and clients, completing building recording and condition and setting assessments of heritage assets.

I’ve been very lucky since joining the JBA Graduate Scheme to have had the opportunity to work on extremely varied and exciting projects. In the past 18 months I’ve helped a client navigate the planning process and gain Scheduled Monument Consent for a pontoon on the site of a Roman settlement, procured and overseen archaeological investigations on a large flood defence and habitat creation scheme on the Humber Estuary and travelled across the UK to assess the condition of Scheduled Monuments on military training areas. I’ve even assessed the setting of a ballistic missile which is a Grade II Listed Building!

I’ve really enjoyed the variety of the work I get to be involved in. Every day is different and along with my office-based work I’ve had so much opportunity to get around the UK visiting sites. We work with such a diverse array of clients that there is always something new and interesting to work on.

Whilst I had work experience in the archaeology sector prior to joining the Graduate Scheme, I had no experience of consultancy work. This change has required me to learn so much in a relatively short space of time, as an important part of my role is to help clients when questions arise. Since starting I have had fantastic support from my team, line manager and the wider JBA team enabling me to learn quickly and gain confidence in dealing with pressure.

JBA really does support its graduates well and supports them in the career progression. You’ll be given every opportunity to learn in any way you wish. The vast array of webinars and modules available to graduates is evidence of the company’s commitment to developing its junior staff. Completing and logging these, combined with the role-based learning from your specific team sets you up to succeed in learning how to be effective in the wider business.”

Want to know more?

For more information about graduate roles within our Environmental and Sustainability teams visit our Graduate Environmental Management page here. 

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