During his degree in Construction Engineering Management, Tom got his first site-based experience working on placements on two of the City of London’s most high profile projects; Heron Tower and The Walbrook. He said: “It was like a dream come true. I was not originally from London, so to find myself in the heart of the city, involved in two major projects was so exciting and a great opportunity to get practical experience.”
Tom returned to The Walbrook project when he joined Skanska as a Graduate Construction Supervisor in 2009. Since then, he has completed several different projects, working on some of London’s most iconic office schemes, totalling around £600M in construction value over the past 10 years.
He has also experienced Skanska Stretch – an internal programme designed to further self-development and to gain international management experience – that took him to a variety of different areas across Europe, and to the USA on a commercial development placement in Washington DC. “During my time on Stretch, I realised that there are opportunities for everyone at Skanska no matter what your background. If you make the most of these opportunities, you are rewarded with amazing experiences and personal development. It was fascinating to see how Skanska operate in not just a different country, but a different side of the business altogether, and I continue to learn from other business units today.”
Now a Development Manager within the Development team, what Tom enjoys most about Skanska is the people: “Working with so many different teams, I always meet new people and experience fantastic camaraderie. I still speak to international friends that I made on Stretch on a weekly basis, despite finishing the programme two years ago.”
Tom’s message to anyone considering a graduate career path in construction is to focus on the values and environment of a company over the role itself. He said: “Skanska has continually improved in terms of the offering for graduate talent. I have been lucky enough to be involved in assessment centres and it’s great to see that talent being nurtured. Even if you’re not set on a particular role, if your personal values align with Skanska, there is a future for you here to help build for a better society.”