Building surveying offers so many opportunities. My family owns a property company and I spent several school holidays doing work experience with different trades and professionals to learn about the business. When I was 16, I shadowed a building surveyor and I knew straightaway that this was the career for me. A building surveyor sees a whole project through from start to finish and as I have learned in my time at Prologis, an RICS qualification opens a world of possibilities.
After meeting Simon Cox at the Careers’ Fair, I was keen to work at Prologis. Most of the corporate stands at the Nottingham Trent Careers’ Fair were staffed by current interns and associates. However, Simon Cox and Paul Hanley were on the Prologis stand and I spent a long time talking to Simon about DIRFT and his role in the development. The scale and potential of Prologis’ schemes made a lasting impression, so when I was offered a placement I accepted immediately.
I have gained much more experience than I could have expected. I have worked with the team on project management and contract administration across several sites, but I have also been encouraged to do a lot more. I have had the chance to develop skills such as public speaking – presenting to hundreds of people at a charity event – and I have been lucky enough to learn from the experts about industry-leading technology such as Building Information Modelling (BIM).
Prologis has given me responsibility - and guidance when I needed it. The team has trusted me with contract administration on multi-million pound projects for customers such as Sainsbury’s and Screwfix. But, whenever I had questions, they would always make time to help me find the answers. Everyone at Prologis has been generous in sharing their knowledge and I now have a much better understanding of the industry than I could possibly have gained in a classroom.
I am looking forward to my final year. My time at Prologis has given me a lot of ideas for my dissertation and I am particularly interested in the effectiveness of smart metering. Do customers actually use the data a smart meter provides and if so, how? But, during my time at Prologis I have also learnt an ethos that I will take back to university and on into my career.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. One of my favourite quotes is: ‘To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.’ So, I would say to the intern who comes after me don’t be afraid of making mistakes. You are here to learn and the Prologis team will do everything they can to help you. Seize the opportunity and make the most of it.