“After completing my Masters in Civil Engineering, I started my hunt for a graduate position. With little experience in my chosen field, finding suitable jobs was a very difficult task. I eventually saw an advertisement for an internship for a scaffolding design engineer, which I promptly applied for. The application process was very straightforward and I had an interview within a few weeks. I started shortly after. The first few days were very daunting as scaffold design was not a topic covered on my course. I had to learn the basics and apply to it my knowledge gained at university. This was not as difficult as I had imagined as the design manager was very patient and got me stuck into projects within the first week. I felt part of the team from the very beginning. Once I had become more knowledgeable and confident with the work, I became involved in a major project for the Olympics and companies such as Balfour Beatty and Carillion. During my time as an intern I not only gained a vast amount of technical knowledge, but I also learned things that were not taught on my course, such as administrative tasks, dealing with clients and making decisions. The biggest positive that came out of my experience was that it improved my confidence. After finishing university, I had doubts that I would be able to go into a job and complete the work allocated to me. However, after completing the internship, I now have the core skills that I believe are needed for a successful career. I would recommend an internship to anybody.”
Mark Rush - intern placed at Tone Scaffolding
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