Work Placement Proves a ‘Positive Experience’
1 August 2022
It was a pleasure to welcome work experience student Jean-Paul Massaquoi into the practice recently as part of our commitment to creating opportunities for young people and to do what we can to encourage new faces into the surveying industry.
Jean-Paul spent time in a variety of areas of the practice during his placement. It’s important to us that students get to experience a good cross-section of the technical aspects of surveying, as well as the vital professional support roles like human resources, accounts and marketing. That way, they can start to see where their strengths and interests lie, so they can make more of an informed decision about their future career paths when the time comes.
We like to make sure parents are confident in sending their children to us so, ahead of the placement, Jean-Paul and his parents were given our Work Experience Charter, setting out our commitment to candidates in terms of providing a well-rounded experience, as well as health and safety and other important issues.
Work experience is beneficial in a number of ways, helping to boost confidence, enhance self-esteem, develop practical and problem-solving skills and hone ability to work as part of a team.
We were delighted to hear that Jean-Paul very much enjoyed his placement, saying that he learnt a lot and had an overall positive experience. His highlights were learning onsite and getting to know the various aspects of surveying, and developing a greater understanding of buildings and their processes.
Jean-Paul felt that his time here was well spent and that he learnt valuable transferable skills.
Everyone who comes to us for work experience is given a fair allowance to cover their essential travel and subsistence expenses. They also get a welcome pack including stationery and a diary to help plan their time with us and to record what they learn each day.
We wish Jean-Paul all the best with his future career.
Robin Faithorn, Colin Farrell with Jean-Paul