Applying for jobs can be daunting, and when it came to my search for a placement, it was no exception. I was hoping to gain some experience in environmental consultancy and take a break from university life, but with the current COVID-19 situation, there were a lot more applicants and a lot less opportunities. One of the careers advisers at the university sent me the listing for Arcus, a company I had heard a lot about and was very interested in working for. I found out I got the job on the car’s loudspeaker with half my family listening in, but my excitement overrode the embarrassment.
With just over 8 weeks working at Arcus so far, the variety of work I’ve performed has allowed me to learn so much in such a short space of time. The scope of projects and sectors Arcus oversees means that no two days are the same. I’ve researched national and regional planning requirements, mapped sites on GIS, and got involved in a range of projects from solar to hydrogen. After expressing my interest in the ecology side of the business in my interview, I’ve already had the chance to join the ecology team on a water vole survey, gaining valuable, hard-to-come by experience in the field. I’ve been given the opportunity to tailor my experience with the company to my own personal interests and goals.
Often when you start somewhere new, you have a thousand questions you are too scared to ask, but the best part of Arcus for me is how welcoming it is. I was met with such an approachable team, with almost every email ending in ‘if you ever need anything just drop me a line’. Long before I even started, the support team were friendly and always around to answer any queries I might have had.
I’m really looking forward to the next year with Arcus and having the opportunity to gain experience in environmental consultancy within such a fast growing, innovative company. As the impact we have on our planet becomes clearer, I feel proud to be part of a team that’s pushing for a greener future through renewable energy, helping to move the UK and beyond closer to its climate targets.