Employees join TSP Projects at all stages of their career and have multiple opportunities that can lead them on their way to a fantastic career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Intern Henry Pritchett wrote and presented the following case study at the University of York on September 27 with the Environments team. He showcases what is possible by looking at various options that are available in this field and how it can lead you into your future career path.
Why did you decide to do an internship?
The opportunity was one that was extremely relevant to my course and on a career path that I wanted to pursue. Today’s job market is very competitive and I know any experience in the field I want to work in would be very helpful. I was keen not just to improve my relevant skills, but also to experience environmental geography applied in a work setting as I hoped it would help me decide which aspect of environmental geography I was most suited to and would enjoy most in a future career. It was for these reasons that I had applied for various internships
How did you find the opportunity?
I have been very warmly welcomed by my colleagues and given work that I found enjoyable and intellectually challenging. Everyone on the Environment team walked me through tasks carefully and was always available to lend a hand if ever I encountered a problem I could not solve on my own. Overall it has been a productive and confidence boosting experience which I have valued enormously.
What was your typical day?
Mandatory working hours at TSP Projects are 9:30 till 12:00 and 14:00 till 16:00. My internship required me to work for 37 hours per week, as long as i included these core hours my timings could be quite flexible. In general I would arrive at 8:00 or 8:30 break for lunch at 12:00 for half an hour or an hour and leave at 16:00. During my day I would work on projects from the Environment, Geotechnical, Architecture and Mechanics and Electrification Departments. I was very eager to diversify my workload to make the most of my internship. Tasks broadly included; ArcGIS and QGIS Mapping, writing reports, writing assessments, filling in data sheets, cross referencing diagrams and other data resources, presenting data and/or findings and undertaking on site surveys accompanied by a trained Ecologist. The variation and quantity of work meant that I was never bored, during periods of lower workflow I was usually given assignments to aid the company in a more general way which deepened my understanding of legislative process associated with construction work as well as requirements for different kinds of assessment key to Environmental Sustainability such as BREEAM and ESOS.
What did you get out of it?
I was able to diversify and enhance my skill set. My skills and confidence in Arc GIS and QGIS mapping software have improved considerably. Furthermore I have developed skills in software I had not used before such as Visio. I am able to understand and gather relevant data from engineering and Architectural diagrams such as lighting type, levels, presence of mechanical ventilation etc. I have gained understanding of many different sustainability issues within the construction industry such as Carbon and Energy Efficiency, Life Cycle Analysis, Circular Economy, Sustainable Sourcing and Sustainable waste management and disposal (Re-Use, Recycle, Recovery) amongst others.
How has it influenced your future career options?
During my time in Second Year at University the two career paths I was considering were that of Environmental Consultant and becoming a teacher for a Primary School. I was leaning more towards becoming a teacher prior to my internship as I was intimidated by the competitive job market and was unsure whether or not I was capable of succeeding in a career as an Environmental Consultant. However having started my internship I have found the work very rewarding, manageable and enjoyable. This has strongly influenced my preference and I intend to actively pursue a career in this sector