I knew I'd come to the right place.
I didn’t know anything about Prologis before I started looking for placements, but the project management internship sounded interesting, so I send in my CV. My first interview was on Skype. The next two were face-to-face at the Prologis head office in Solihull. As soon as I arrived for the first of these interviews I was impressed by how friendly and professional everyone was. I knew I could learn a lot here – and I have.
Working here has changed the way I see my career.
Both my parents work in construction and I decided to follow in their footsteps with a degree in construction management. During the first two years at university I spent some time working on site alongside construction managers, but until I came to Prologis I didn’t know that project management existed as a career. My experience at Prologis over the past year has shown me how varied and interesting the role of a project manager can be and this is definitely the path I want to follow.
They have trusted me to run my own projects.
I have worked on a wide range of different projects, which have given me a good insight into project managing industrial development. At Pineham, I managed a £500,000 archaeology contract, while at Ryton I was responsible for the design and construction of a nesting wall for sand martins. Then at Heathrow, I have been working through the end of defects process on the two final buildings with our customers - Adelie Foods and Gate Gourmet – and the main contractor, Buckingham Group.
Working here has really helped with my dissertation.
I have been working with project managers who are at the top of their game, so I have learned a great deal that I can take back with me to university. Prologis is leading the way in sustainable industrial development and I am very interested in looking further into this area, particularly the relationship between sustainable buildings and BREEAM accreditation.
The best part has been the people.
Everyone is so friendly and they always have time to discuss a problem or answer a question. Andy Griffiths, for example, was one of my interviewers and he sits round the corner from me. By contrast, some of my friends on other placements have never even met their managing director.
Make the most of it.
When I finish my internship this summer, someone else will take my place and the best advice I can give is to take every opportunity. This is your placement, make the most of it.