"What attracted me to James Fisher was the opportunity to learn in a fast paced environment."
Thomas Tucker: graduate trainee in project management
What did you study at university and what attracted you to James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS)?
I studied social sciences at the University of Aberdeen. What attracted me to JFMS was the opportunity to learn in a fast paced environment on an array of projects.
What is a typical day like for you?
A day for me can vary, depending on the project I am working on. Every day is different in terms of the tasks I perform and the support I deliver for a project. Communication is key in my role as many of the projects I work on require the constant exchange of information with vessel crew.
How have you fitted in with your team and how do you find the level of support in your role?
The team in our Knutsford office consists of a variety of different departments including finance, projects, marketing and legal. When working on a project constant interaction and support from all the departments is necessary to ensure projects run smoothly.
What has been the most exciting project you have worked on so far?
In the summer of 2015, JFMS provided offshore marine support for a proposed new coal mine off the coast of Cumbria. The project required selecting, auditing and chartering a vessel, transferring crew in 12-hour shifts, delivering intermediate bulk containers to transfer and store water and drilling equipment as well as towing a separate 'jack-up' barge into position. I had to keep in constant communication with the captain of the vessel and an on-site jack-up barge to ensure all parties had the required equipment and that the project exceeded client expectations. It was a great project to be part of.
Would you recommend working for JFMS?
I would definitely recommend JFMS to other graduates. The graduate programme allows individuals to grow into their role with sufficient support from other company departments. It is also a great opportunity to gain a variety of skills and knowledge in a wide-range of sectors whilst working in a fast paced environment.
How do you see your career developing in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years I wish to see myself become a project manager working on key projects for the company. I want to continue developing my existing skills and gain further professional qualifications as well as gaining even greater technical knowledge.