As a Graduate Landscape Architect with WSP, you would gain experience in urban design and public realm improvement projects across the country. You would have the chance to work on visual impact assessments and environmental mitigation design for residential developments, power stations and infrastructure projects both at home and abroad. In this role you could have the opportunity to be creative and imaginative, demonstrating a flair for sustainable design, graphics and scientific thinking.
We asked our graduates what it’s like to do their job. On a day to day basis, the life of a graduate at WSP varies enormously.
You could start the day with a desktop study, gathering evidence and compiling documents that summarise the opportunities and constraints of a given project. Alternatively, you could head out for a site visit and conduct analysis of existing baseline conditions ready to compile a report when you’re back at your desk.
From the start, you’ll be involved in sketching concept designs and assembling ideas on AutoCAD, Keyscape and Photoshop. You are also likely to work closely with colleagues in our ecology and heritage teams. There will no doubt be plenty of opportunities to attend workshops with clients, the community and other stakeholders too.
Naturally, there is a lot to learn and you are likely to be guided through complex software packages, team briefings and client updates from the start. There may even be time for cake.
What you’ll need
What you’ll get from us
Our graduate development programme is a 3 year programme designed to provide you with both generic professional skills and specialist technical development opportunities. The programme is supported by our senior leadership team and is tailored give you the support, guidance and the development opportunities you need to help you work towards chartered status or equivalent professional qualifications. The structured programme includes but is not limited to training in; Technical Report Writing, Project Management, Influential Communications, Commercial Concepts, Teambuild Challenge and Continuous Improvement.
Across our offices in the UK, we strive to have a friendly and inclusive culture which respects and maximises the contribution individuals can bring to WSP. We recognise the benefits that people with varying backgrounds and experiences can bring. This commitment is shown through both our Women in Leadership (WiL) network and VIBE which is our LGBT+ employee network. Our VIBE and WiL networks work with the business to help ensure we continue to promote the right environment to enable LGBT+ and female employees to reach their full potential, and to ensure we continue to promote an inclusive and diverse workplace for everyone.
Our employees also come together through our social events some of these events have included office Olympics, go karting, BBQs and of course the annual Christmas parties!
We also offer our Professional Growth Network (PGN) which is a networking group run by early career professionals for early career professionals. It helps to grow your network of contacts across the UK business as well as providing you with opportunities for extra experience to support you in achieving chartered status or other professional accreditations.
Finally, we have a comprehensive wider benefits package which includes: