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My internship blog, by Tom Young

Tom is currently studying Business and Marketing Management at Oxford Brookes University and joined us on an internship this summer. After working closely with members of staff in all departments, we asked Tom to share his thoughts on his time with us.

Tom is pictured above with Marketing Director, Kate Holland (L) and Managing Director James Whittaker (R).

Was it what I expected?

Coming into my work experience with Peel Waters I was unsure of what to expect. I had been conversing back and forth with Marketing Director, Kate Holland, in the coming weeks and I was excited to start.

Upon my first day I was met with nothing but smiles and warm welcomes from everyone in the team. This positive and amicable office culture was not something that faded either.

I was lucky enough to be able to conduct one-to-one meetings with everyone in the Peel Waters team, to gain a greater understanding of the ins-and-outs of everyday office life and the company, including Finance Director Jonny Kent and Development Director Peter Linstead. It quickly became apparent to me that the one thing that Peel Waters boasts on top of the revolutionary redevelopment schemes and investment projects you’ll find online, is a wholehearted and dedicated approach to all interpersonal business activities. From dealing with clients to residents to interns, the Peel Waters family is dedicated to what needs to be accomplished and are all unequivocally invested into impacting positively on the communities and areas of all their developments and projects.

What did I like about the experience?

Throughout my hands-on few weeks in the TraffordCity head office, I thoroughly enjoyed getting out and about visiting the various sites that Peel Waters has to offer.

WYLD Sauna at Liverpool Waters

During a site-visit to the beautiful Liverpool Waters; Senior Asset Manager, Liza Marco, expertly showcased the available office space and we even went down to the new Everton football stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock, which is truly a spectacular offer on the waterside. A meeting I found particularly interesting was with the co-founder of WYLD Sauna, which is coming to Princes Dock this Autumn. Wyld Sauna will be the UK’s first public floating sauna, bringing the traditional Nordic sauna experience to Liverpool Waters and it will add to the many out-of-office amenities Princes Dock offers to its residents and workers.

An insightful morning with Senior Building Surveyor, Bob Harris and Senior Asset Manager, David Smith showed me the Bridgewater Centre Industrial units on offer in TraffordCity. I worked on an exciting project to create a marketing brochure for agents to use to attract in new tenants for this location. I learnt how to use Adobe InDesign and created a brochure that will be going live very soon. Bob and David also took me on a visit to Manchester Heliport, the only premium heliport in the North West of England, which made for an extraordinary day looking at the facilities on offer and fascinating over the light aircraft that is holding there.

Trafford Palazzo

In addition to my placement with the Peel Waters team, I also spent a day with their sister company, Peel Retail and Leisure. Social Media and Marketing Executive Molly Lewis took me on a visit to Trafford Palazzo, to see what brilliant activities are on offer there. Doing some filming in the UK’s one and only Nerf Action Xperience which is located in Trafford Palazzo made for an excellent afternoon and to visit the other sites on offer there, showed me what a brilliant day out a trip to Trafford Palazzo has in store for families, young adults and teenagers alike.

Why do I think doing work experience is important?

Work experience is an excellent introduction to working life. The fact that I have worked and discussed various topics with different members of the Peel Waters team across a full range of departments, has provided me with an extremely insightful experience of office life and everything that entails within it. The Peel Waters team kept me busy from day one and I have undertaken all manners of tasks from various avenues of business.

From understanding what happens at the office to visiting sites and being shown the actual changes that Peel Waters are making in the wider community, my time at Peel has provided me with an invaluable experience of property and business life.

This experience has without a doubt helped me develop a number of skills and qualities I will be able to grow and bring to many different future roles and positions in my career.

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