I joined Berkeley after completing my A-Levels in Business, Finance and Travel & Tourism.
My interest in housebuilding was sparked after Berkeley visited my school to present the Building Futures programme. I was attracted by the diversity of the industry and the opportunities to climb the career ladder. I admired how Berkeley invests in the community and takes pride in delivering a development where people aspire to live. I knew this would be an ideal business in which to kick-start my career.
Before hearing about Building Futures, I was unaware of the different job roles, so working at Berkeley has enhanced my knowledge of the industry. My best experience was rotating around the nine departments within the business. The programme has given me the opportunity to meet and work with everyone in the company, a unique opportunity which few people get.
After completing my rotation, I had found the right job role for me and decided to pursue a career as a Land Buyer.
The biggest challenge was adjusting to work-life, as at school you are constantly guided and given the next task to do. It's important throughout your rotations to take the initiative and try to anticipate the next task before it is asked of you.
I intend to continue my career in land acquisition with the aspiration of heading up my own land team in the future, in order to provide further opportunities for the business to grow.
My advice for candidates applying for this role would be to always make notes in meetings you attend as it is a great opportunity to gain an understanding of the topic being discussed. Do not be afraid to ask questions as you will never learn unless you ask.