Faithful+Gould Graduate Scheme – my first six months

Taelor Hastings
Thinking back to this time last year, I would never have guessed I’d be back at university studying for an MSC Construction Project Management, starting my Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and working for a company where I feel valued and continually pushed to my full potential.

Graduating and choosing Faithful+Gould 

In 2018, I graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a degree in Business Management with Festival & Events and secured a role at a charity within the Events team. For a year I was content until I realised – I was comfortable, I didn’t feel I was being challenged. This led to the start of my journey with Faithful+Gould. Analysing graduate programmes, the Faithful+Gould graduate scheme stood out a mile from the rest, it provided the opportunity to work on diverse projects and promoted career progression. The decision was easy, and I began my application.  

Assessment Centre and Interview process 

Arriving at the assessment day was a little intimidating. After speaking with other applicants, it seemed everyone’s knowledge and backgrounds were far superior to mine, coming from a non-cognate background, but I stayed optimistic. The morning ran smoothly and as it progressed I felt more at ease. Throughout the day, we completed several tests and group interviews.  

We heard from employees who had progressed through the graduate scheme and whose careers have prospered within Faithful+Gould. They gave detail about what the graduate scheme had to offer; including the three-day UK graduate induction event and social events such as the Ski trip and the summer social event. All of this made me even more determined to be part of this organisation that invested this highly in their employees.  

The individual interview was where I felt most comfortable. I felt relaxed and was reassured my non-cognate degree was definitely not a hindrance, that Faithful+Gould was looking for individuals who possessed the right people skills and attitude. Overall, I really enjoyed the day and found it to be very insightful.  

Weeks later, I received the news - I got in! 

My first day 

I started at Faithful+Gould as a Graduate Project Manager in May 2019. As most first days are, it was daunting, with so much to absorb and learn. I had the perception I’d be working in a predominantly male workforce, but after meeting the team I realised it was extremely diverse and everyone was welcoming.  

My first six months 

My first six months with Faithful+Gould have completely flown by! During this time, I have assisted on multi-million-pound redevelopment projects, both which have been huge learning curves. I have observed project, design and user group meetings, been involved in quality, VE and risk workshops and have been responsible for minute taking, creating and tracking project documents. I’ve worked with numerous groups from colleagues and clients, to architects and engineers – helping continually improve my communication skills.  

I attended the three-day graduate induction in September giving me insight into what is required throughout the APC process and what to expect throughout the three-year graduate scheme. From a personal perspective,  it was a great networking opportunityI made great connections with other graduates across the UK who are going through the same process as me 

I have become a member of our office social committee, attending regular social events and taking part in charity fundraising activities which has been great fun. Every step of the way I have been guided by my line manager and colleagues; all whom are happy to answer any questions I have and support in whichever way they can. 

Since joining Faithful+Gould as a Graduate, Taelor's willingness to develop her abilities as a Project Manager has shone through. She has thrown herself at the graduate programme, further university education and RICS APC. Her non-cognate experience in Business Studies and Events Management has harnessed the key attributes we look for in our Project Managers. Taelor is a great asset to our team and has a bright future at Faithful+Gould.

Alex MacGruerAssociate Director

Looking ahead 

am currently working towards completing the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) As a non-cognate graduate, I am required to complete a master’s degree in Construction Project Management, something Faithful+Gould is supporting me with. In September, I started my degree at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh and attend classes one day a week. 

I would recommend to anyone looking for a graduate programme to consider Faithful+Gould. Not only will it offer you unrivalled industry exposure and a platform to be pushed to your full potential, you will also work on exciting projects for major clients, working with colleagues who are supportive and always happy to help you and contribute towards your success.  

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