Life as a Graduate Planner – Diary Entry 3

Introduction to my latest blog: Life as a Graduate Planner – diary entry 3

Following my first few months as a Graduate Planner at NAPC, I feel I have really made good progress in my career. I also feel that I have developed my skills and knowledge as a planner. To learn more about what I do at NAPC, read on for Life as a Graduate Planner – diary entry 3.

My biggest achievement

My biggest achievement so far at NAPC would have to be my first set of approvals for planning permissions. These were for annexes and for mobile home certificates of lawfulness in various district councils across the UK. Which I am very proud of. The planning process can be a long process at times, so it is very pleasing when an application is approved by a council. It is a good feeling knowing that another family are able to help a dependent relative by securing permission to build an annexe.

I am growing in confidence and ability as I continue my career at NAPC. And I am looking forward to having many more approvals for planning permission and Certificates of Lawfulness. I believe I am learning each day I go to work and gaining invaluable knowledge and skills which will help me in my career as a planner.

Networking opportunities

In December, I had the pleasure of travelling up to Doncaster to visit the headquarters of a large retained client iHus.  I met lots of employees there, whom I have already been in contact with. My colleagues and I were invited to their end-of-year review. This is where we were shown some of the key achievements of the company this year, including seeing some of the clients who have had annexes installed. It was nice to be reminded of the impact that both companies have on improving people’s lives. This also allows them to live more comfortably. This is what I strive for as a Town Planner and aim to continue to do throughout my career.

Further reading

If you would like to read my next diary entry, click here. To read another blog that I have written for NAPC, click here.


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