The main word that comes to mind when I think of Tower Survey’s (part of the Opus group) working environment is friendliness. We promote a driven and hardworking ethos but the environment is friendly and I always know that I am well supported by my team. Managers are receptive and approachable, but still challenge me to make decisions and develop techniques for myself.
I’m a Laser Scanning Surveyor which means I get to work with really interesting specialist equipment and software. It also affords me the benefit of being able to work on site and in the office, however, ultimately the aspect I like best about my job is the autonomy; that the organisation and delivery of my work is solely down to me.
It also really helps to be a people person, as you form tight knit relationships with your fellow team, and are frequently on site with clients. In the past, I have worked with a huge variety of people and it helps to be open and adaptable to different situations. My job has seen me work on important national heritage sites - on viaducts or in crypts - to working on a RAF station with Typhoons taking off overhead. These perks make the long days or bad weather seem irrelevant to me!
Generally, my training has come from on the job experience, where I watch and imitate others or develop new techniques that work for me, however Tower Surveys constantly encourages us to seek out new courses. I have recently completed my Personal Track Safety Certificate which means I can now work on a site with live rail tracks.