Alice Gibbs is a Graduate Environmental Consultant in our Permitting & Compliance team, based in Brighton. Now one year in, she looks back over her first 12 months at RPS.
"Like many people, when the time came to apply for university, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I therefore decided to pick a degree that was quite broad to keep a variety of career paths open and went for a BSc in Natural Sciences. Alongside my degree I completed an internship with an environmental consultancy, and it was then that I first learnt what an environmental consultancy does and how good a fit it seemed for me!
For me, RPS’ graduate scheme stood out from the rest and I particularly liked that I could make a base and start a life somewhere but also experience a variety of other disciplines through shorter rotation periods in other offices. I feel like I am getting the best of both worlds!
Day to day, the role is mainly desk-based but incredibly varied. I will often be tasked with completing supporting information for permitting applications, variations and surrenders as well as compliance reporting. It involves quite a lot of research, and I often find myself pulling on my engineering, science and maths related skills, which I really enjoy.
I love knowing that a lot of the projects I work on can benefit communities behind the scenes by providing a local solution to waste management, rather than transporting it to the next county. Waste, and how or where we dispose of it, is also very topical at the minute and it’s brilliant to be playing a part in this.
I have learnt so much during my first year with RPS and have been trusted to work on some exciting projects; always knowing I have complete support when I need it. My highlight so far would have to be the greenhouse gas permit for Creyke Beck Peaking Plant in Hull. I became the only person in RPS (as far as I’m aware) to have completed a greenhouse gas permit application for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. I’m now hoping to build on that experience and prepare for the uncertainty over what may happen post-Brexit so we are well placed to help clients switch to a new UK scheme, if that situation arises.
Finally, I really enjoy the office environment and I have a brilliant team around me. We work hard, but also make sure we take the time to socialise too, including going to the beach for a BBQ after work! It creates a great atmosphere and I love being able to say that I look forward to coming into work every day!"