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Projects, pints, profit & progressing my learning

Over the past few months I have become increasingly involved in a select number of major projects as they reach crucial points of the planning stage.

I am now regularly attending project meetings which I have found has given me valuable experience in many respects. Attending meetings helps to maintain and improve relationships with clients, architects and consultants and is also an opportunity to gain a greater understanding into project issues and address these through discussions directly with the team.

However, it hasn’t been ‘all work and no play’ as there have been numerous opportunities over the past month to socialise after work with colleagues and also other companies. Last month we had a joint drinks evening with transport consultants, TTP, who we do a lot of work with on various projects. We also had our end of year department drinks celebrating a successful year in planning, one in which our department has grown in terms of new colleagues as well as posting strong results, alongside the rest of Montagu Evans.

Looking forward, it is now less than six months until I intend on applying for the APC in order to become a Chartered Town Planner with the RTPI. I have therefore been stepping up on the log book entries and ensuring that I keep on top of these. Whilst the log book may be laborious to begin with, it is proving to be a useful tool in helping me to evaluate the experience which I have had over the past 18 months and the skills and competencies which I need to develop.

James Huish


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