Next in our new ‘Thriving Through Lockdown’ series, we catch up with Emma Moore who joined calfordseaden in October 2020 as a Trainee Surveyor. Our commitment to supporting graduates and trainees has not wavered, despite the challenges of the Covid pandemic, and we are as dedicated as ever to provide valuable training and support so that everyone can develop their skills and reach their full potential.
Read on to find out more about her experience joining a new company during lockdown, unique route into the industry and plans for the future.
- What has been your journey from graduation to joining calfordseaden?
I have had somewhat of an unconventional career journey. I graduated from Essex University in 2014 with a BA (Hons) in International Development and then went on to manage a Brewery in Suffolk on the east coast until the latter end of 2018. I feel that this role gave me a lot of valuable skills, particularly with being able to stay calm under pressure, taking initiative to come up with different solutions to potential problems and challenges, and strong communication. However, I realised that this was not the career that I wanted long-term, and I needed a new challenge. I enrolled on an MSc in Construction Cost Management at Reading University and joined a Quantity Surveying firm in Norwich as a Junior Member of Staff in their commercial team. This position really gave me an insight into the industry, and I soon realised that I had made the right decision switching career paths.
2. What made you want to join calfordseaden?
I had worked at the QS firm in Norwich for 2 years and felt that it was time for a new challenge and different scenery. I started looking for a new position that would offer more opportunity for progression. That is when I found calfordseaden! I knew I wanted to join calfordseaden at my interview, it felt like the company culture really suited my character and it was clear that there is a real sense of determination and enthusiasm for the Cambridge office to grow. I was offered a position, so I moved to Cambridge and joined at the beginning of October 2020. It was an incredibly exciting time to begin the next chapter in my life.
3. How did you find starting a new job in Lockdown?
It was certainly different, and at first, I was worried that the social aspect would be missing. Aside from the obvious challenges of starting a new job and relocating, I also have two young daughters, so I was faced with the extra challenge of childcare and home-schooling. However, I am so impressed and appreciative with how welcomed and supported I have felt. The team have been exceptionally helpful from the very beginning, and I have always felt trusted to do my job but also comfortable to ask for support if needed.
I must also credit calfordseaden’s amazing internal support network. The extra wellbeing support being offered is incredibly important and it is comforting to know that the company, along with encouraging progression, fully supports and values our wellbeing.
4. What have you enjoyed the most so far working at calfordseaden?
I am eager to develop my skillset and I have enjoyed being able to learn lots of new aspects of the role – it has been a constant knowledge rollercoaster! Since joining I have been given the opportunity to work with each member of the Cambridge team which has led to me getting involved in some exciting projects. This has allowed me to learn from everyone’s unique set of skills and experiences. This has been great as it helps me establish my own knowledge and working style, as well as the bonus of being able to get to know the team while we are all working from home. I have also really enjoyed being part of such a close-knit group where each team member is positive and readily available to help and support one another.
5. What are your next steps?
I am currently finishing my Master’s in Construction Cost Management, so I am looking forward to being able to tick that off the list! I have also begun my APC to become Chartered, which I hope to complete next year. But in practise, I want to develop my skills and build on my experience to a point that I can take more autonomy over projects and move into the next stage of my career. I have no doubt that the Cambridge office and wider calfordseaden team will be able to give me the confidence and offer me the support and opportunity in taking these important steps in my career progression.