University: Durham University, Law (MJur, LLB Hons)
My most recent placement finds me seated with Infrastructure and Property, Strategy and Commissioning. Following the commissioning of Gen2, as an arms-length local authority trading company, my team has a pivotal role to play in ensuring KCC’s estates are being efficiently and strategically managed.
Within this team I am involved in a number of projects. Firstly, I am supporting the transfer of all asset utilization data to SharePoint, as well as developing a geographic cluster template in order to present this data in an accessible format.
I have also been tasked with developing a master spreadsheet for tracking room reallocations across the County. This has required me to develop a deeper understanding of the layout of the larger KCC owned offices (including County Hall’s hidden tunnel to the prison) as well as those teams that operate within.
Finally, I have been involved in the initial stages of rethinking KCC’s parking strategy. This has required me to undertake some high level commissioning activities, as I have been in close talks with car parking companies discussing the potential to take over the management of KCC’s car parks. I have also been assessing existing strategies that have been used to promote alternative means of commuting to work. This has involved assessing them for their ability to save on costs and support KCC’s environmental strategy.
Why I applied for the Kent Graduate Programme management stream
My reasoning for both studying law and applying for the Kent Graduate Management Stream stemmed from a desire to make a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable members of our society. I saw a job in the public sector as an excellent opportunity to realise this objective.
Second to this, I could find no better and more supported opportunity to develop my own skill sets and knowledge of the multitude of functions fulfilled by the public sector. Through rotating between four separate placements I hope to cultivate an understanding as to where my own personal interests and strengths lie. It is my belief that developing such an insight at the early stages of one’s career is a springboard for success.