Zac Porter

Country: United Kingdom
Sector: Construction
Job title: Assistant Project Manager
Subject of study: Archaeology
Year of graduation: 2017
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

Current Employer/Organisation Name

Turner & Townsend

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

Since I left Exeter, I have worked for DHL Supply Chain in contract logistics management before finding a new role with a construction consultancy called Turner & Townsend. I am now part of the infrastructure team, working as a assistant project manager on some of European’s biggest ever projects.

Why did you choose this career? And what do you enjoy most about your work?

Turner & Townsend offer a fantastic training scheme in Project Management, providing exposure to very exciting infrastructure projects across UKI and a clear pathway to achieving Association for Project Management (PMQ). Since joining the company, I have enjoyed situations where I have had the opportunity to collaborate with others to solve complex problems and bring forward value driven outcomes.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

The balance to life. I played a lot of rugby, made great friends, whom I live with or am in touch with to this day.

Why did you choose to study at Exeter?

Exeter’s excellent sporting reputation and the great reputation of the Archaeology department.

What skills and experiences have been most useful for your career?

Leadership and teamwork which were shaped by my sporting endeavours.

What advice would you give to a current student who wishes to pursue your career?

Be flexible in your outlook Take on challenges which might push you out of your comfort zone Network Make sure you actually enjoy work, if you don’t resign and start all over again!

What are your plans for the future?

Obtain my Association for Project Management (PMQ) and gain more experience working on mega infrastructure projects. I am hoping to spent a few years in Australia once I am qualified.

 

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