Graduate Development Programme: Professional and Personal Opportunity

Jamie Linehan
Faithful+Gould stood out as the best business to enable me to achieve my ambitions. After completing the Graduate Assessment Centre and being offered a position, I was made welcome as a member of my new team.

After my degree in sociology and social policy, I joined a company providing specialist private mental health and psychiatric services. I grew frustrated at the lack of opportunities for progression and decided to use my previous business experience to help create, manage and grow a small family construction company in London. This sparked my interest in a professional career in construction, and quantity surveying seemed a natural choice as it combined my interests in construction, finance, business and law.

I decided on a master’s degree in quantity surveying at Kingston University, with the aim of securing a graduate position in a leading international company. My ambition was to receive top quality training with clear career progression, and the potential of working abroad in the future.

Faithful+Gould stood out as the best business to enable me to achieve my ambitions. After completing the Graduate Assessment Centre and being offered a position, I was made welcome as a member of my new team, and even received support in completing my dissertation research on Building Information Modelling (BIM) by various members of staff who were actively involved on major BIM projects across the UK.

Faithful+Gould stood out as the best business to enable me to achieve my ambitions.

Since joining Faithful+Gould’s Exeter office in September 2012, I have received a lot of support from my team which I feel has helped me develop considerably in my role. This has been complemented by the level of responsibility I have been given. After initially assisting the team to build up my experience, I’m now responsible for most tasks on a complex £12m residential refurbishment project, including valuations, cost reports and negotiating variations – under my manager’s supervision.

Since joining Faithful+Gould’s Exeter office in September 2012, I have received a lot of support from my team which I feel has helped me develop considerably in my role.

I’ve also gained experience on projects in a variety of sectors and on a range of different contracts. The highlight was undoubtedly our first BIM project in the South West – the Engineering Building Refurbishment at City College Plymouth. This is an exciting time to be part of Faithful+Gould, with the current drive across the Atkins group and Faithful+Gould to implement BIM in our projects.

My goal is to become professionally chartered on the RICS APC training programme, and Faithful+Gould provides a wealth of support including online study material, a mentor and supervisor, together with advice from staff across the business. Personal as well as professional development is encouraged and I’ve been able to harness my BIM interest as part of this. I’ve been undertaking research into the graduate programme and BIM, making presentations to the West Region management board, the Faithful+Gould BIM working group, and the 2013 intake of West region graduates at the Graduate Assessment Centre. These opportunities allowed me to demonstrate and develop my research and presentation skills, as well as network with staff from across the business.

Recession can be fraught with barriers to attaining a good career. However, they are also periods of great opportunity for those willing to work hard, aim high, and go the extra mile in order to succeed, and Faithful+Gould is a business where individuals can turn that desire into a reality.