From the very first day I knew I’d made the right decision to choose Newman Gauge for my Interior Design year out placement from University. Every single staff member welcomed me with huge smiles and enthusiasm and I instantly felt like one of the family. That’s exactly what it’s like here at Newman Gauge, it’s a family. I remember my first day like it was yesterday…
I was taken straight into my first briefing meeting by my boss Brian, along with the previous placement student. To have a briefing for a project on the first day was daunting but so exciting, I suddenly felt all grown up! It was incredibly helpful to have a cross over period with the previous placement student Charlotte too, because it eased me in and I had someone that could help me out, someone to answer all of my ridiculous questions!
One of the best things about working here is how knowledgeable and helpful everyone is. Andy in particular really helped me when working on Mitchells and Butlers projects to understand the Building Regulations, plans and the way in which Newman Gauge work. Dan became my go to man for questions on AutoCAD, he was a great help if you can put up with his sarcastic comments! I also worked with Scott and Sophie on Marstons pub projects, and I learnt a great deal about detail and how to draw up a complete working drawing package.
The first few months absolutely flew by and before I knew it we were off on our staff Christmas party in Barcelona to soak up some culture… amongst other things! This was a fantastic opportunity to get to know the staff on a personable level and I will literally cherish those memories for the rest of my life.
During my time with Newman Gauge I had the opportunity to work on my own projects and see the entire design process from start to finish, which has been completely invaluable to me. With amazing guidance from Aniela I got the opportunity to present my ideas to the clients, communicate with contractors, electricians and suppliers on site and see the finished outcome!
As my last few weeks approach, I can only reflect back with amazing memories and happy thoughts as this has honestly been one of the best years of my life.