Name: Pedro M. Vecina Galian 

Year Started (Graduate Scheme): 2019 

Current Position: Graduate Project Officer – Project Management Services. 

Studied: MSc Construction Project Management at University of South Wales.

Why did you apply for the scheme? 

I studied in Treforest (USW) and bought my first home in Rhondda Cynon Taf last year. Therefore, I was very excited on applying for a position in RCT council, where I work and live now. It has allowed me to keep a very good work-life balance which was one of my priorities.  

I had an academic background in Construction and I was willing to build up a career in this industry. I did not hesitate on applying when the Graduate Scheme was open and four of the positions were suitable for me. I could help in delivering Construction Projects across the council like the 21st Century School Projects, and improve the quality, education and life of children and the communities. That is the most satisfying part of my job at the moment. 

Highlights: As a Graduate Project Officer, I am part of Corporate Design department. A multi-displinary team that includes Architects, Civil Engineers, M & E Engineers, PMs, QS and CAD technicians. It provides me with new valuable knowledge and experience every day at work. It is a very collaboratively environment where I support Project Officers and PM’s in the delivery of 21st Century School Projects. I am involved mostly in four of the projects, which have been selected as the most suitable for my Graduate Programme. I am involved in the ITT process, review of construction programmes, risks workshops, JCT and NEC4 contracts among more activities. Moreover, I visit construction sites every week to follow the construction process which makes my role very dynamic.  

Within these site visits, I am building professional relationships with Architects, Consultants and Construction Managers. These connections and the CPD available for me every month are very valued for my future career. Consequently, the Graduate programme gives me the opportunity to become a chartered member of the RICS and I am starting the APC for the Project Management pathway supported by RCT, my manager and colleagues. 

Recommendations to Applicants: My first advice to applicants would be to “know yourself”, especially your personal values, skills, strengths and weaknesses. Try to understand the role and the values of RCT. Demonstrate the values that you share with the council and show off the skills and strengths that are related to the role. Research and prepare the interview. And very important, always be honest. 

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