I wanted a change from working at large, multidisciplinary companies, and Arbtech’s culture, unlimited CPD fund and reputation attracted me to the role.
On top of all that, the Pret a Manger coffee card really sweetened the deal!
I love how Arbtech values its employees, investing time and money into them and allowing each and every employee a great degree of freedom and ownership over their work.
At the weekends, I love spending time with my partner and socialising with our friends at cocktail bars or nice restaurants.
The most fun and rewarding thing I do with my free time is volunteering with children in foster care as part of the West Sussex City Council Independent Visitor Scheme.
In my downtime, I enjoy spending an enormous amount of time fussing with my cat.
Enjoy the little, everyday things and take stock of how far you have come, but never stop striving forward.
I only recently started at Arbtech, but I am looking forward to my first social, especially given what I’ve heard from colleagues about the socials that happened in the last year alone!
I recently ticked off a UK-based trip that I’d had on my bucket list for a while: the Farne Islands. I went on multiple boat trips and saw the iconic puffins, as well as seals, guillemots, Arctic terns, razorbills and more.
I hope that my next big trip will be to New Zealand. I want an adrenaline-packed holiday with zip wires, skydiving and white-water rafting. It would also be so awesome to see Giant Sperm Whales and Orcas.
I would like to be a senior ecologist at Arbtech.
By then, my partner and I will have purchased a bigger house in Brighton and filled every room with rescue cats.
In my professional life, I aim to gain protected species licences, especially a great crested newt and a barn owl licence.
In 2019, I was gifted two tickets to my first wildlife conference – Vanishing Viper in Bangor. This was a fantastic experience and so I aim to attend as many conferences as I possibly can over the next few years.
Outside of work, my main goals are to learn British sign language and swim with sharks.
Chantae joined Arbtech in August 2023.
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