Graduate, Assistant Cost Consultant
Cost consultancy, UK
After getting a taste of Mace as a trainee commercial manager following a month-long summer placement, Bethany knew Mace was where she wanted to kick-start her career. Joining the Graduate Development Programme in 2014 has led to Bethany working as an assistant cost consultant, managing several projects in the public sector.
- When did your career start at Mace?
I first heard about Mace at university and was attracted by the projects, the drive, the energy and the personality of the company. So I completed my summer placement as a trainee commercial manager (quantity surveying contracting) on one of Mace’s prestigious projects. After graduating I knew I wanted to come back but I chose to change direction slightly and go for a cost consultancy role.
Within the commercial role I was site based and closer with the detail than in cost consultancy - it was great for developing and improving my technical construction knowledge. In cost consultancy, I'm working across more projects and at much earlier stages of the construction process.
- What do you enjoy most about working for Mace?
Working to find solutions to our client’s needs. I’ve always been quite mathematically minded, so it’s great to have a career where I can use my analytical skills (not something you'd automatically associate with the construction industry).
Even with the size of Mace, I feel valued. I've never felt lost in the masses and my accomplishments feel like they really matter. There is a real sense of a good team environment.
- How have you found the graduate scheme at Mace?
- The scheme hasn’t just improved my technical and soft skills, it’s also helped me to be more assertive and take a leading role on projects and in meetings. The Graduate Development Programme really provides a stepping stone to adjust to working culture so you can grow and develop.
- What are your main responsibilities as a graduate?
- At Mace you very much hit the ground running! When I first started I was working on three projects. After a year I'm now working on seven projects across a range of sectors. All are at different stages in the project lifecycle which makes my role really varied. I can be doing anything from working on bids for new projects, to conducting valuations, and closing out final accounts.
- What excites you about your role?
- The astounding level of opportunity and encouragement I receive, working towards my chartership and completing the graduate training, and the fact that I learn so much from each project. No two projects are alike but when I apply my knowledge from previous experiences I can really feel my knowledge and confidence grow.
- What do you hope to be doing in the next five years?
- A key goal is to get chartered – I’m aiming to sit my exams in 2017. I would like to be working abroad in another one of Mace’s offices developing and managing my own team and projects.
- What advice would you give to someone applying for the Graduate Development Programme at Mace?
- Show on your application that you have drive, enthusiasm and ambition for the role you are applying for and that you can demonstrate organisational skills. Once you get started you will need to be organised, balancing your time between work, chartership and graduate work and you’ll need motivation to keep progressing.
“The Graduate Development Programme really provides a stepping stone to adjust to working culture so you can grow and develop.”