Guy Brumfield (2001-2008), pictured above, used the OP Network to help him secure a place on the graduate training programme at URS, one of the world’s leading engineering and environmental consultants. Here’s his story:
“I graduated from Durham University in summer 2011 with an Honours Degree in Environmental Geosciences. Despite working really hard for 6 months filling out job applications, phoning lots of companies and sending out lots of CVs I was disappointed not to get offered a position and in most cases not to even get a reply from lots of the companies.
Then I heard about the OPA business network and was introduced to Tom Nash (1968-1977). I went with him to meetings on some of his contaminated land and brownfield development deals and read all the consultants’ reports. I attended conference calls and practised interview questions and learnt a lot.
With this work experience and the help Helen Stephenson, a Pocklington parent who is an HR consultant and helps the OPA, I was able to transform my CV and I was then able to get an interview with URS, one of the worlds largest environmental consultants. Because they had already met me and I had leant so much by being in the office and practising interviews etc, I was able to win in the interview process and get a full time permanent position on their graduate recruitment training programme which is awesome as in this recession they are like gold dust. I really can not thank the OPA enough for giving me the opening that I needed to get my career up and running and my parents are glad to get me out of the house!
If any other OPs or parents can help us on our way PLEASE do offer your help. Just going into an office and seeing how it all works really helps us students – let alone actually doing work that related to my chosen career. I still had to win the place at interview but at least I could show myself ahead of other candidates who had not had any experience. They also liked my team sports as they said that showed hard work and commitment to training etc. So thank you to school and to the OPA and I will definitely do the same for you in the future.”