I first heard about ISG while working for a plumbing services company on one of their projects. I wanted to get into mechanical and electrical management to build on my qualifications, and after four years of feeling unchallenged, I jumped at the opportunity to join ISG’s graduate programme.
You don’t truly realise the opportunities in construction while you’re at college and university, but that changes when you become fully immersed on site. While on ISG’s graduate programme, I gained experience working across the whole project lifecycle, as well as working across various disciplines and sectors.
I had no previous experience in the technology, science or health sectors, but was given the opportunity to work with the construction team to deliver a world-class pathology laboratory for Healthcare Services Laboratories (HSL), and with the commercial team on a private healthcare project in London. I also spent time with the enabling departments at ISG’s London head office, where I learnt a lot about planning, estimating and bid tendering.
After three years on the scheme, I completed the graduate programme in December 2017, and was promoted to assistant technical services manager for a second private healthcare client in London. Being a graduate has given me a lot of awareness and visibility within the business, and the opportunity to use my new skills in a new role. Feedback from peers and on-the-job training has helped me become a well-rounded person, while developing my technical competences and behavioural outlook.
In late 2017, I was shocked and proud to not only win a value award for one of our core values – never stop learning – but I was also one of the 12 nominees to attend the Global Value Awards. The award highlighted my commitment to living and breathing ISG’s values, and it was rewarding to be nominated by my peers and meet ISG’s global leadership team at the Global Value Awards ceremony. As a trainee, it was a great start to my career. It really is an honour to be part of a business that recognises and rewards talent.
For graduates or people who are undecided on a career path, graduate schemes like ISG’s help you develop the right tools and knowledge to succeed and decide what route in construction is right for you. There is a stigma that there are few opportunities in construction, but really, it’s the opposite. Technology opens new roles and opportunities. From new apps and augmented and virtual reality tools, to improved IT infrastructure, technology is linking into the design and construction of buildings. It’s an exciting time to be part of the industry.