Graduate Experience: What's it like being a Project Manager?

Hollie Boxall
Holly Kerr, Marketing Coordinator speaks to Hollie Boxall, an Assistant Project Manager in our London team about her experiences with Faithful+Gould.

Our London Project Management team now has over 50 members. Holly Kerr caught up with Hollie Boxall to find out about her typical day (I soon found out there is no such thing for a project manager!) and her experiences with Faithful+Gould.

Holly Kerr: What does a typical day look like for you?

Hollie Boxall: That’s a tough question to answer actually! Each day is different for me which I find makes the week diverse and interesting. If I am not in the office, I am often on site or with the client for a meeting or inspection to have a look at the progress of works. As a project manager, it is key to build a good relationship with the client and contractor, so spending as much time engaging with them ensures the project hits programme and is delivered to an excellent standard.

When in the office I catch up on my emails, administer paperwork - such as updating risk registered on anything I’ve observed over the week. I am really lucky to have a supportive team of colleagues, who are always willing to assist me on any areas I am unsure of.

Being based in London means lunch times are always great as there are so many food options! So, I find that my lunch, much like my work, is different most days, which I love! Our London office is near a big square which always has stalls and events going. It’s great to be able to step away from the desk and take a walk with team members.

Holly Kerr: What is it like studying for a degree whilst you work?

Hollie Boxall: I am currently working towards an Msc in Construction Project Management at London South Bank University. Faithful+Gould are great at offering support and being flexible, so I can study. I attend university every Tuesday for lectures along with two other graduates. We often meet at 9am in the morning and grab a coffee together before heading to the library, where we discuss assignments and help each other on any areas we are struggling on.

The masters is RICS and APM accredited, meaning I can begin to log time for my APC and work towards chartership. At the moment, I am writing an essay on procurement which has grown my knowledge in the area significantly and I’ve been able to use in every day working situations.

Holly Kerr: Do you do anything after work with the company?

Hollie Boxall: Yes! Our team are a very sociable bunch. Every month or so we get together for have a team social. We also make time to go for drinks after quarterly team meetings.

Every Wednesday I play netball for the Faithful+Gould team in a recreational league in Victoria which is great fun. It is funded by the company as part of their Health and Wellbeing program, which encourages employees to take exercise and look after their mental health. It helped me meet some new people in the business and connect with colleagues from different teams, who I otherwise would not work with.

I am also a keen spinner and try to go twice a week – I have now been joined by another colleague and we are hoping to recruit others to join us!

Holly Kerr: Any concluding thoughts about working with Faithful+Gould?

Hollie Boxall: Faithful+Gould has been a very welcoming and supportive company. Kevin Williams (Director and head of the London Project Management team) has set aside time every few weeks for a chat and to check on my progress. I have been encouraged with my education and I am extremely grateful for their support.

I have been given great responsibility in my role already. I feel really lucky to have made my start towards my career as a project manager with Faithful+   Gould.

Joining Faithful+Gould was one of the best decisions I made and I’m excited to see what lies ahead!

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