Sophie’s First Week as a Graduate Planner

Sophie has recently joined our team here as a Graduate Planner, and we thought it would be a good idea to share with you how she has found her first week with us and what she is looking forward to getting involved with in the coming months!

“Following my first few days working with Ethical Partnership, for any graduate planner, the process can feel both exciting and overwhelming. Having studied so much leading to this moment, finally beginning my journey in practice has had a whirlwind of emotions. From conducting fiction development projects throughout my academic journey, to now literally being a part of real projects with real people on my first day has been the perfect opportunity to apply my own knowledge and learn from established planning professionals.

The people at Ethical Partnership have made me feel very welcome and comfortable, offering their own expertise, guidance and encouragement. I have really enjoyed getting to know fellow colleagues, and they have aided my process of settling in; I appreciate it! Discussions of my planning interests, previous work and strengths have allowed me to share with colleagues my vision as a planner, and how my alternative set of skills and knowledge can contribute to the team and planning profession.

Over the next couple of weeks and months, I am eager to reveal and exercise the skillset I have developed over years of preparation, whilst gaining new abilities in the process of training. I possess an entrepreneurial mind, an active and enthusiastic approach to work, strong organisation, and a creative outlook on urban spaces and the future for areas, all of which I believe will contribute to the success of my role. Nonetheless, including my existing skills and knowledge, most importantly, within this process I am keen to learn to understand the role as a planner even more, develop my professionalism and be able to contribute to Ethical Partnership to the best of my ability as a graduate planner.

I look forward to the progression of my journey with Ethical Partnership, and I am extremely thankful to be given the opportunity to prove why I will be a successful planner and how I can assist people in our ever-expanding and complex urban environments.”

At ethical partnership, we are excited to have Sophie working alongside us all on a number of projects, and helping to deliver a comprehensive range of services to both public and private sector clients.

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