Cheryl Briars and her JBA graduate scheme experiences

We’ve been asking team members from across the company what it’s like to be a part of our graduate scheme. Today, it’s the turn of Cheryl Briars.

Cheryl Briars - Assistant Analyst
Cheryl Briars

Hi, I’m Cheryl and I’m an Analyst in the Wallingford office. I started at JBA Consulting after I completed a Masters in Environmental Law, and have been here for just under two and a half years! I have now completed the graduate scheme and time has absolutely flown by.

I have learnt such a broad range of skills and been involved with a variety of projects which has kept the role exciting and provided new opportunities to learn on a frequent basis. Being on the Graduate Scheme has provided flexibility and it has been possible to tailor it to my interests within flooding and drainage in the water industry.

A sense of self-achievement

Throughout the scheme I have worked on projects covering flood risk assessments, surface water management plans, asset risk assessments, water cycle studies, natural flood management, and more recently I’ve worked on a geomorphology project for the Environment Agency.

The scheme has been particularly good at motivating myself to get into a habit of tracking my learning through note taking and writing a log of all the training and CPD I have attended. From lunch time webinars to the CIWEM Study Weekend, conferences and training courses. It has provided me with a portfolio of information which is invaluable to my career development and
has proven just how far I have come since I started, aiding a real sense of self-achievement.

Collaboration and community

The JBA graduate scheme provides a chance early on to network with other graduates and learn from others’ experiences. The support through the scheme enables you to feel that your colleagues aren’t just there to help with your professional development. They are also there to help you form a feeling of being part of the JBA family and a valuable member of the team.

Recently, I used part of my training budget to attend the Flood Risk Management: Resilience and Adaptation Conference that was held in London. This was a great day of networking with like-minded people across the industry.

Presenters included local councils, the Environment Agency, the National Infrastructure Commission, BRE Centre for Resilience and the Met Office. Talks covered topics on the regulatory and policy framework, solutions for flood risk planning and management and an insight into how we can manage weather extremes in terms of infrastructure and housing development.

These sorts of opportunities shouldn’t be missed early on in your career, as they help to really open your eyes to the industry as a whole. It also helps to put your work into a wider context of how across the industry we have shared values and goals.

Want to know more?

Email Cheryl Briars for more information on her experiences of the graduate scheme and how to get involved with attending conferences. You can also find out more on our graduate recruitment web pages.

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