This has been demonstrated recently at the Birmingham office of project and cost management consultancy, Faithful+Gould, where three of eight new starters have worked for the company previously and had no hesitation in going back when other avenues came to an end.
James Walsh, 27, is a quantity surveyor at Faithful+Gould and re-joined the organisation after spending four months at the city-centre based company on a summer placement once he’d finished university, followed by a short period in London. "I'd learnt a lot at Faithful+Gould as it was the first hands-on experience I’d had as a quantity surveyor," James comments. "After two and a half years working in London for a competitor, I was ready to come home to the West Midlands and although I was able to transfer with the company, the Birmingham office was a world away from what I was used to, so my first thought was to get back in touch with Faithful+Gould.
"I'm pleased to be back with Faithful+Gould as it has a much bigger team and a busier atmosphere which is just what I wanted," James adds. "I like the fact I can work on bigger, more prestigious contracts and the company’s training structure was a major factor in helping me to achieve my chartered (APC) accreditation."
Andrew Davis, 23, was also attracted by the comprehensive APC training and so wanted to join the company after spending two summer placements and a year with the firm as part of his quantity surveying degree at Leeds Metropolitan University. "I really enjoyed the atmosphere at Faithful+Gould and knew it was where I wanted to work once I’d finished my degree," Andrew says. "I was lucky to have some great mentors who have supported me hugely and I know that they’ll be a great help when it comes to my APC.
"Working on exciting projects was also a priority and there’s no shortage of them at the moment. I’m currently involved in a range of education-based projects including a framework in Worcester."
Another new employee at Faithful+Gould, Martin McGowan, has been taken on after working at the company’s San Diego office in America. Martin says: "For my placement year at university I was lucky enough to go to San Diego after being put in touch with Faithful+Gould through the university.
"I gained lots of experience and found out a lot about the quantity surveying role, so once I’d finished my degree I applied to the Birmingham office in order to be closer to home. I wanted to enter a company I knew a lot about so Faithful+Gould was the ideal place to start my career."
Other new starters at the office include building surveyors Nick Miles and Paul Lewis, assistant project manager Abbas Khan, trainee quantity surveyor Simon Chase, and graduate quantity surveyor, Daniel Smith.