The Faces of Professional Services Week: Khumehra Mohammed
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Khumehra Mohammed, BPS Birmingham Graduate Apprentice
Khumehra features today as BPS Birmingham Future’s 10th successive Graduate Apprentice, an exclusive scheme which offers recent graduates three 4 month placements at three leading businesses in Birmingham, with access to extensive training, networking, and development opportunities throughout the 12 month placement.
Throughout her Graduate Apprentice year, Khumehra has been lucky enough to work at IDEX Consulting, DBK and JLT Specialty Insurance. In her article below, she discusses her time at DBK, a project management consultancy in the construction industry and her second placement during the scheme.
How long have you been working at your current employer? 3 months
How do you travel into work each day?
I either walk or take the bus, unless I am on a visit then I will drive.
How would you describe in no more than two hundred words your working week?
My working week is varied, from being inside the office to out on construction sites looking at the progress of the projects we are working on. I have meetings with clients and travel around the UK visiting different projects we are managing.
I currently spend one day a week in Newark near Nottingham and about 3 days in the office with other site visits across Birmingham. I get to work alongside building surveyors and project managers on different construction projects. It’s exciting and fast paced as people rely on us to ensure that all their work is accurate and precise.
What made you decide to go into a professional services career?
After my degree I was looking for a career that was going to be right for me, which is why I applied for BPS Birmingham’s Graduate Apprentice scheme. This enabled me to get a fantastic taster of three different professional service industries. This has allowed me to try and experience new methods of working and has allowed me to experiment with the endless possibilities out there. What is great is that no two days are the same and I have the constant opportunity to learn new things.
At what point in your life did you realise that working in professional services was for you?
I think I have known since my work experience at a Barristers firm in year ten that I wanted to be involved in the professional services sector. I then chose to study Law at university, but this did not result in me working in law after university. I have since gained experience working in different sectors such as banking, recruitment, construction and insurance. This has been fantastic as I am now even more certain a career in the professional services sector is right for me.
What other jobs did you consider before deciding on a career in professional services?
There was a point in my life where I wanted to be a police officer, because I believed that the career would be very rewarding. However after time I realised I am person who likes to work set hours so shift work was not for me. Hence a career in professional services with standard office hours allows me to ensure I perform at my best.
What are the top three things you love about working in professional services?
1.The support you receive to develop your professional skills
2.The varied roles and disciplines involved in the professional services sector
3.The opportunities to network amongst other young professionals
What do you most look forward to doing during your week at work?
I look forward to the next challenge. What is great about a career in project management is that no two situations are the same and therefore every day I am doing something different. While the processes may be similar due to the distinct nature of the business, each and every situation has to be specifically tailored to meet client needs.
What is your favourite lunchtime haunt?
I absolutely love Bills in the Bullring – it’s so tasty!
During the past month- describe what has been your working highlight?
Passing my health and safety in construction test – I had no idea what all the different fire extinguishers were for, but I do now…
What your favourite way to wind down after a day at the office?
My favourite way to wind down after a long day at work is by reading an article or book by the fire, all nice and comfy in my pyjamas.
If you could give one piece of advice to anyone thinking about a career in professional services what would it be?
Explore your prospects. There are so many wonderful and exciting careers out there, you don’t have to stick with the popular careers such as becoming an accountant, lawyer or teacher.
Do your research and get the best grades in your GCSE’s and A-levels so you don’t limit your opportunities in the future.