Careers at RPS: A year in the life of a placement student

Careers at RPS: A year in the life of a placement student

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Tony Brown joined RPS as a placement student to complete his professional studies module whilst studying Environmental Biology at Queens University Belfast. We asked him to give us a few words on his experience…

Attracting and retaining employees of the highest calibre is essential to create a forward-thinking workforce able to innovate and deliver large scale, complex projects. Key to ensuring this workforce, both for now and in the future, is nurturing a positive relationship with the education industry.

Recognising the value of student professional development, RPS prides itself on working closely with universities and colleges to inspire and engage the future workforce.

We hold CPD accreditation through several key professional bodies including ICE and Engineers Ireland and offer structured training for staff through CIWEM. Each year, we welcome a broad range of new graduates and interns through an increasing band of long-standing relationships with universities and colleges across Europe.

Keen to hear how it went, we asked one of our departing interns to furnish us with a few words on his experience working within the Planning and Environment team in our Belfast office.

Tony Brown joined RPS to complete his professional studies module whilst studying Environmental Biology at Queens University Belfast.

"t is crazy to think that over one year has passed since starting my placement with RPS. The time has flown. Now, many projects, many clients and many cups of coffee later I can confidently add a lot of new skills to my CV as well as friends to my friend list. My time here has provided experience in a dynamic, challenging and most importantly, rewarding workplace. Working on a variety of projects ranging from small housing developments, to nationwide gas pipelines and everything in-between, has really given me an understanding on the breadth and depth of what the company offers. The potential to learn new skills from colleagues working across the different multi-disciplinary teams makes working at RPS very unique and something which makes each day as challenging as you choose.

One of the highlights for my personal development has been the exposure to the many types of mapping, modelling and CAD software which are used throughout the various departments. As a work placement student it is the perfect opportunity to get as much experience as possible to increase my employability after graduation.

Teamwork is a very important part of working here and also one of the most enjoyable aspects. Constantly communicating with other members of the team and other disciplines within our office really makes for a fast paced environment, with new challenges emerging all the time.

Work aside, one of most enjoyable aspects about working at the company has been the many social events which form a key part of the workplace culture. In just over one year I have attended a summer BBQ, a hog roast, an office Christmas party and a visit to a solar farm that we had all been working on. On top of this I have enjoyed playing soccer after work with RPS colleagues, tried lunch time yoga and unfortunately for the RPS Belfast rugby team, I also tried playing for them.

My time here has been challenging, enjoyable and rewarding. Not ready for my placement to end, I have thankfully been given the opportunity to stay on for the summer before my final year of university starts and look forward to seeing what the next few months will bring!"