Tell us a bit about your role, the project you are supporting and the type of work you undertake on a daily basis
I am currently working on Crossrail C510, a large civil engineering project based in central London. The project consists of excavating tunnels and spraying linings with concrete. My role is to control, monitor and report the costs associated with the construction of these works. Examples of my everyday work include managing subcontractor accounts, compiling cost reports and forecasting future costs.
What attracted you to Balfour Beatty?
Many factors attracted me to Balfour Beatty. Firstly, one of my close school friends is an engineer working for the company and he explained to me the benefits of working whilst studying and told me that Balfour Beatty had helped him develop a career route. He also told me that within a week of working he felt comfortable and included, and had a constant flow of opportunities to develop his skills and knowledge.
Secondly, Balfour Beatty is a respected and trusted company with a good reputation and this was a major influence. Lastly, I saw the opportunity to gain work experience whilst completing my academic studies as a chance to gain competitive advantage over fresh university graduates.
What development opportunities have you been given while in your role?
Balfour Beatty allowed me to develop my practical experience as well as gaining part-time academic qualifications. I have undertaken development activities such as commercial, communication and job-specific training (CSCS, tunnel safety etc) in order to progress my knowledge and experience of the industry. I have taken on significant responsibilities since I started in 2011 and I have a sense of achievement knowing I am able to meet deadlines and fulfil these responsibilities.
How has Balfour Beatty played a role in your long term career goals?
Balfour Beatty has offered me a pathway to become a fully qualified quantity surveyor. On completion of my part time degree I will be academically proven and have enough experience under my belt to dwarf new university graduates. For me, practical experience contributes largely to earning respect and confidence from your colleagues as well as developing in your chosen field with Balfour Beatty.
What has been your highlight so far at Balfour Beatty?
Meeting my colleagues and progressing my skills as a quantity surveyor. I am also proud of my qualifications to date.
What one thing that surprised you most about working for Balfour Beatty?
How easy it is to get on with and develop professional relationships with my colleagues.
What top three tips would you give anyone thinking of applying to Balfour Beatty?
- If you are looking to pursue a career in construction/engineering or the like, then definitely consider studying part time whilst working for Balfour Beatty. I believe that it was the best decision I could have made.
- If you are looking to join Balfour Beatty and are offered an interview, try to be confident and presentable, research Balfour Beatty projects and be passionate about your ideas for the future. Balfour Beatty was my first professional interview, so it can’t be that bad!
- The construction industry is huge and as long as you are dedicated and committed there are many future possibilities to improve personal attributes and make a difference. What better way is there to be physically part of the industry than to work for large competitive company like Balfour Beatty?