Graduate Planner at Skanska - Anisha Bakhda

Course: BSc (Hons) Construction Management and the Environment

Current location: London

“The lecturers at Plymouth University were always available to answer any questions – not only construction questions, but also with personal and career help. They pushed each and every individual and played a big role in helping me to get to where I am today.”

Tell us about your career path since graduation.

After many interesting assessment days and job applications, I successfully gained a graduate job with Skanska. Although I have only been working here for several months, I get the chance to continually learn and develop each and every day. I have also been given the opportunity to put into practice everything I have learnt during my degree.

Did you decide to change your career path during your studies, and if so, why?

When I began my degree, I was not completely sure which particular job path I wanted to pursue. All I was sure about was the ambition to work within the construction industry in some way. However, during my degree, I learnt a lot about my strengths and discovered the most ideal and enjoyable job for me was as a construction planner.

What was the most difficult thing you faced finding a job?

All firms vary significantly with regard to what they are looking for in an individual, and therefore knowledge about construction is surprisingly not the highest priority for many companies. Individual skills such as communication and teamwork were far more sought after, and therefore it was not only important for a company to like me, but for me to enjoy working for the company.

How did studying at Plymouth help you?

I personally feel the support I received from lectures helped me to reach where I am now. Before starting university, when I heard about the personal study time offered by universities, I was worried that this meant that there would be no involvement from lecturers. However, the lecturers at Plymouth University were always available to answer any questions – not only construction questions, but also with personal and career help. They pushed each and every individual and played a big role in helping me to get to where I am today.

What is your favourite memory of studying at Plymouth?

My favourite memory is my last day at university. After months of hard work, we had to deliver our final project to groups of professionals. The reason this is my favourite memory is because I was able to see how far not only I, as an individual, but my entire class had grown and developed. After four years at university, this day was the first step towards everyone’s career in construction.

Would you recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University, and why?

Definitely, as I have had an amazing time at university; not only have I been able to achieve my degree, but I have also created amazing memories and friends. I would recommend Plymouth University to any person hoping to achieve great things and also have a bit of fun. There is never a dull day on campus and if given the chance I would love to do it all over again.