Jacob is our Junior Project Manager who is currently working with us whilst simultaneously completing his commercial management and quantity surveying degree at London South Bank University. While working with Workplace, Jacob is able to learn first hand and put in to practice the theory he has been studying in his university curriculum. Jacob assists in the management of both small and large scale projects and is a valuable addition to both the onsite running of jobs as well as the administrative work needed in the office. As a sociable part of the team, Jacob helps with organising company social events as well as building and maintaining relationships with suppliers and sub contractors.
In his spare time Jacob enjoys keeping fit in the gym as well as socialising with his friends and family.
Have a read if our Q&A with Jacob about his time with us so far:
Why did you choose to complete your placement at WpC?
After considering a number of options, I chose Workplace after realising that I would be given the opportunity to take on more responsibilities and be more involved in projects than I would have been in other similar companies. I looked in to their previous work and was impressed by the quality and also the fact that it is a smaller but growing company was very appealing. Due to it being a smaller company, responsibility can be shared meaning you have to adapt and learn other parts of the business, creating a greater understanding of the way a business in the fit out industry operates. Hopefully this will lead to further opportunities down the line to develop and grow within the business and the industry.
What have you enjoyed most about your time at WpC?
WpC provides a very warm, welcoming work environment, with people understanding and willing to help with any questions. This is extremely helpful when being a rookie and learning from the beginning about the industry and the way the company works. Not only this, but after work trips and events are constantly on offer, creating a large sense of inclusivity, allowing the time to get to know your colleagues outside of the office.
What have you learned/how have you developed professionally during your time at WpC?
Although its only been a year since starting my degree and joining workplace, I feel that my knowledge in the industry has grown immensely. Through work in labouring before only a basic knowledge had been achieved, however since joining Workplace I have been given more responsibility, which although daunting at times has allowed me to grow in confidence. It has also helped develop skills such as management and increase my understanding of the process of a design and build project and the different aspects involved, ranging from finance and design to being physically onsite and finding solutions while thinking on your feet.
Advice to future placement students?
When deciding on where to go for your placement make sure you do your background research and explore all the opportunities on the table to make sure you’ve chosen the company that is right for you. Although it can be intimidating at the beginning don’t let that put you off, persevere and enjoy it!