After attending the induction week I was slightly worried about what to expect when I started in the office. We received a lot of advice from the induction days, however due to being on a bespoke programme I was slightly more unaware of what to expect than the other graduates. When I turned up at the office I couldn’t have felt more at home though, everyone was very welcoming and I knew that I would have a lot of fun here.
I am lucky enough to have previously worked for Redrow on a 12 month placement as part of my degree which has placed me in a very good position. Within a week of being in the office I was given sites which Redrow were planning on buying and it was my job to create the initial appraisals. It was good to have joined a company that make you feel like you had the knowledge to undertake this work and not just shadow other colleagues- this is a common theme shared by all the graduates.
As part of my professional development I chose to get involved in as many workshops and networking opportunities as possible, something which I would recommend to everyone. A local solicitor invited me to two land buying seminars, one in Bristol and one in Exeter. The events were really useful and explained a lot of aspects that I was unaware of when buying land. We learnt about Section 106 Agreements, Overage Clauses in contracts, land titles and many more things. I also won a CIL quiz with the prize being a free umbrella, what a great day!
After attending the Cymru Young Planners whilst at university, I wanted to have more involvement with my local young planners group. Therefore, I have volunteered to be a committee member for the RTPI Devon and Cornwall Young Planners. I felt that along with it being a brilliant networking opportunity, the committee was lacking some people from the private sector, fingers crossed I will have a positive impact on the group.
A big part of being within the Land team is having a vast amount of contacts within the industry. Luckily I was able to a get back in touch with a few agents which I used in the Bristol office, however this wasn’t enough. I decided to start searching on websites such as LinkedIn looking for more contacts, messaging people that work within the area to see if they have any sites which might be of interest to Redrow. I have been fortunate enough to meet with three contacts that I found on LinkedIn, and am hopeful that some sites will come forward from them in the near future.
And lastly the fun part! As previously mentioned, part of being within the Land team is having a vast array of contacts. Therefore a few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be invited on an agent’s day which Redrow were holding. We went down to Plymouth Marina where we boarded a 32ft sailing boat and sailed from Plymouth to Newton Ferrers, we then had some lunch and sailed back. The sea was slightly choppy but this didn’t dampen the spirits and it was overall a brilliant day.
So if you’re reading this and thinking of applying for one of Redrow’s many graduate schemes I would say go for it! If you know that you want to work within a particular department apply for the bespoke programme, it’s a brilliant way of broadening your knowledge in a subject which you’re truly interested in within a relatively short period of time!
Best of luck!
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