- 9th November 2020
- Posted by: Miranda Pont
- Category: Blog
Don’t miss out, be sure to submit your application before the deadline Monday 30th November. Applications for graduate positions in our Engineering and Software/Systems Development teams will remain open throughout 2021.
This week, we’ve been talking with Laura Whale, who has recently completed our two-year graduate scheme.
Laura tells us about her experience of the JBA graduate scheme
I have recently completed the JBA graduate scheme, joining JBA two years ago following completion of a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and a MSc Environmental Water Management.
In my role as Assistant Environmental Analyst I have had the opportunity to get involved with environmental aspects of flood risk management projects at the design and build stage. Some examples include undertaking desktop environmental screening, preparing Environmental Action Plans and preparing Water Framework Directive Assessments. In addition, I have been involved in ecological work, including Preliminary Ecological Appraisals, Great Crested Newt surveys and woodland condition surveys. The variety of different work available to be involved in makes the job interesting.
Over time as my technical knowledge and understanding of how a project is run increased, I was provided with the opportunity to hold greater responsibility on projects. I now ensure that all necessary environmental and ecological consents are in place prior to construction, and that environmental documents are completed and accepted by the client in appropriate timescales. This requires co-ordination with other environmental disciplines within JBA. This has been a great opportunity to gain exposure to many environmental aspects of a project. These range from ecological surveys, environmental construction risks, marine licences, designated sites (SSSI, SPA, SAC and RAMSAR) planning permission, archaeology, and contaminated land.
The knowledge available from technical experts within the company is invaluable and I have enjoyed building relationships with various people throughout the company, enabling the timely successful delivery of projects.
As part of the graduate scheme I have worked to achieve a set of competencies, recording evidence of this in a personal development log. This was a great insight into the time and effort required for the written submission when applying for professional membership, and I now already have evidence written up.
Professional development is encouraged and supported. I have undertaken several internal and external training courses utilising my annual personal training budget. Jeremy Benn sets a weekly lunchtime question on an aspect of one of the many industries JBA is related to. These questions widen my knowledge outside my day-to-day job. I have a continuous professional development (CPD) log that records the training/networking I have undertaken.
My advice is to take all opportunities that are given to you (if you have capacity), it is the best way to progress and learn new skills. Lastly, don’t be afraid to ask questions, there is no such thing as a stupid question only stupid answers!
I have thoroughly enjoyed the past two years with JBA and look forward to furthering my knowledge and becoming a Chartered Environmentalist in the near future.
Want to know more?
Applications for graduate positions in our Environment and Sustainability, and Water Management/Geoscience teams are now open.
Applications for graduate positions in our Engineering and Software/Systems Development teams are also open for applications and will remain open throughout 2021.
Visit our graduate recruitment web pages to find out more information about our flexible scheme and apply now.