Kelly Donnelly

I decided to follow up my earlier roles in estate agency and take the Real Estate Management MSc at Oxford Brookes so that I could move into land development. I came across Crest Nicholson prior to applying when I saw a one of their developments close to home which looked fantastic, I subsequently did some research on the business and saw that they offered a Graduate scheme so decided to apply.

Job Title: Graduate Trainee

Employer: Crest Nicholson PLC

Job: Land / Development Director

About my job

The scheme has given me a really hands on role, whilst I’m given plenty of support from members of the senior management team I also have autonomy in my role to take a project and work it through from cradle to grave. The Company has really helped shape my future ambitions in land development and I can see that although there is a long road ahead, there are plenty of opportunities to progress my career.

One of the great aspects of the scheme is the rotation through multiple departments. The experience was really enlightening especially Build where I had an amazing experience seeing the theoretical actually becoming reality.

Each year the training for the Graduate Scheme has evolved based on our feedback to offer the next year’s intake even more development opportunities. To support my future ambitions I’ve also been put through a Management Excellence Programme and have been encouraged to attend seminars to obtain my RICS chartered status.

I would highly recommend the Crest Nicholson Gradate scheme to any student aspiring to join the house building industry. My advice to students looking to take their first step on the career ladder would be prepare to be flexible as the world of work is not structured like University and whilst there’s a lot that is structured to help you ultimately you need to put in the hard work in yourself. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on a large scale project such as a Hospital conversion and can see that if I set my sights high and can prove myself, that maybe one day, a directors role maybe a reality