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"Each placement that you’ll have over the graduate scheme will give you a true flavour of the business as a whole as well as lots of opportunity for professional development"
I have always been interested in working on a range of activities and learning new things which is why the graduate scheme at BRE was a great opportunity for me. Each placement that you’ll have over the graduate scheme will give you a true flavour of the business as a whole as well as lots of opportunity for professional development, building on a wide range of skills.
My background was focused on sustainability but since joining the graduate scheme I have gained a better understanding of how it is integrated with the built environment, especially while in my first placement in BREEAM. This placement was quite focused and involved undertaking both technical and business development research. My current placement in research and innovation has built my commercial awareness of the industry as I Interact with the different business areas to distinguish what the wider impact of our company is to society. It’s quite a diverse placement in that I’ve even gotten the opportunity to work with the communications team to create a video to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the BRE Trust – a task I’ve never done before! With two really varied placements, I’m really excited to see what the next year will hold for me.
Outside of work there are a range of activities that you can get involved with. For example, I helped co-ordinate a volunteering day for my team while in BREEAM and with this a bake sale to fundraise for the charity that we were volunteering with. I even found myself joining the BRE Choir! Everyone at BRE is really friendly and supportive right from my fellow graduates through to the directors which has made it really easy to get settled in at BRE.