Ramon Seera is now working in Oxfordshire for developer Dorchester Living, at the company’s major Heyford Park scheme. He tells us how he got the role and what he’s enjoying about his experience in the housebuilding industry:
“I joined Dorchester Living after completing a degree in civil engineering at Nottingham Trent University. I now work as a technical coordinator for the housebuilder at Heyford Park, a former US and RAF airbase in Upper Heyford, Bicester.
“Completing a degree in civil engineering, naturally I had always wanted a career in construction. Although I hadn’t planned to work directly in housebuilding, there was something appealing to me about being part of a new and exciting company. Joining as a graduate I was conscious of the scale of the project I was joining but the development itself looked like a great way to learn and grow, just as the site has been.
“I feel as though I’ve been quite fortunate to join a project such as Heyford Park. I have enjoyed watching an ex-RAF military base come to life – transforming into a new community. Along the graduate scheme, I learnt so much about the construction property industry from interacting with experienced colleagues to getting out on site to see all the hard work come together.
“My role as a technical coordinator at Heyford Park sees me working on various aspects of the project including; the development of consultant relationships, ensuring information is delivered accurately; the organisation and management of architectural, engineering and building services, and seeking necessary building regulation approvals.
“The graduate scheme at Dorchester Living is managed really well. Being a relatively small company has enabled me to move around in various roles. I have gained exposure to various departments and experiences which has meant I can develop my skills far quicker than I could have done otherwise. The whole experience has allowed me to switch between site and technical positions, giving me the chance to experience all aspects of the job.
“One project that I am particularly pleased with is the refurbishment of eight bungalows which were highly commended in the best refurbishment category in the Housebuilder Awards 2015.
“Looking forward, I’m trying to avoid restricting myself to any specific roles. I think the graduate scheme has led me to keep an open mind about what I could do next and I’ll continue to aim high and see where it takes me.
“To anyone considering a role in the property/construction industry I would say something similar to the scheme I did would be a great idea. I learned so much from moving around and seeing all aspects of how a construction firm is run and I believe that there’s untold value in getting your hands dirty on site as well as working in more corporate settings.”