Martyn Earle, associate planner at Barton Willmore, talks us through his career moves.
Where do you work and what does it involve?
I work in the Newcastle office representing a range of clients across multidisciplinary tasks, including but not limited to large scale residential, commercial and retail development. This including applications forming EIA submissions. I have also developed a specialism in the energy sector, advising clients on commercial energy proposals across the UK.
Why did you decide to make the switch to your current planning role?
I’m a local lad who grew up in Cramlington in Northumberland and so what really motivated me was the fact I would have a real influence on development happening within the North East. In my previous roles I have worked across the UK and it has been refreshing to be able to help shape the continuing emergence of the area as a vibrant, prosperous and thriving place to live.
What is the most important thing you've done to boost your career prospects?
Generally speaking the key to growth has been engaging with people and understanding their need and then seeking to work around issues towards solutions that can be mutually beneficial. Good interpersonal skills might be something you would take for granted, but I think the art of speaking to people is sorely missed, with an over reliance on e-mail and social media.
What's your advice for other planners seeking to change jobs?
When selling yourself to prospective employees, it is about how these skills can be utilised by them. I am always surprised when people go for interviews or to meet prospective new clients and have not researched the company to know what they’re doing or what they’re interest are. I recently became one of the Faces of Wind Energy, a resource for anyone interested in a career in renewables.
To read more from the Planner 2015 Guide to Career Development please click here.