Case Study: Jake Sharp and Skanska UK
Project duration: 24 Months
End date: 10/01/2018
How did you find the support once the partnership began?
The support is great. The team in the Knowledge Transfer Centre at University of Reading are always extremely helpful, and Skanska have been great in getting me the resources, help or training I need.
How has the triangular relationship between the business, the University, and yourself resulted in being a key factor in your development?
This is the second KTP at Skanska so they already have an excellent understanding of the KTP setup, and it's been good because it's not just about me helping Skanska or me helping Reading, it's about all of us working together. We have our LMCs every four months to keep everyone up to date as to what is going on and falling within the outlines of the project. The triangular relationship is great because everyone knows each other and there's a very real element of "we're all in this together".
Please could you describe the benefits of becoming an Associate?
It's a phenomenal way of starting at a higher level within the business, and the work you're doing is accepted by everyone. People at Skanska don't see me as "that guy from the university", they see me as "Jake doing Virtual Reality", which is great. It's as though becoming a KTP Associate is a leg-up.
Would you recommend KTP to other graduates? If so, why?
Yes! I would definitely recommend it, and have already done so to my friends. I think it's important to have an area that you know you want to work in, but to me this is the best job I could have hoped for in terms of what I get to do and the freedom I have. I have met other associates at conferences who have all said the same.
What one piece of advice would you give to a graduate considering KTP?
My biggest piece of advice is to not underestimate how far being friendly and polite can get you in business. People are always more likely to go to or help someone approachable. Even if your expertise is limited, be welcoming and pleasant, and things will work out!
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