I am well into my 9th week at Montagu Evans with the planning team and I honestly can’t believe how the quick the weeks have gone by. My nerves from my first day are now virtually non-existent and I’m really beginning to embrace life at Monty's.
One of the best things about Montagu Evans is that they are not afraid to let graduates get involved. Already I’ve had the opportunity to undertake a variety of work, ranging from initial site research and drafting planning applications, to specific work within the heritage and retail planning departments. I have been on a number of site visits over the last few weeks, most notably to Lincoln to carry out a town centre health check assessment and to update the retail plans for the city. This week I also attended my first external meeting where I interacted with a host of stakeholders such as architects, transport consultants, project managers and engineers. The scope of work is huge!
At the same time I have continued to receive an excellent level of support whilst gradually taking on more responsibility as both my skill-set and confidence in the job have grown. I know if I have any qualms, queries or questions there is always someone on hand to help and offer guidance.
But it’s not all work and no play! A few weeks ago we went on our annual department weekend away, and this year we were treated to a trip to Budapest. It was a fantastic way to get to know the team away from the office attire. Such social events have continued back in London, and next week I look forward to our graduate drinks and dinner event where we can share our progress with fellow newbies across the company.
There is no doubt both my professional and personal development has grown hugely over these last 9 weeks and I am excited to see where my future with Monty's will take me.
Lucy Battersby, Planning