I originally wanted to go down a research route, but then found out about ecological consultancy and joined the fieldwork team at a different company.
I spent my first ecology season doing crazy hours and travelling all over the country but gained invaluable experience and took a huge step up into my dream career. During that time, I met Megan, who just joined Arbtech full-time and told me all about their culture and working life. From then, I knew that I wanted to work for Arbtech.
As I was still studying at university, I spent the next year as a BERS subcontractor, taking on as many surveys as I could possibly fit in to gain enough hours for a level 1 licence.
When Arbtech posted a new job advert, I jumped straight at it and joined the most amazing team.
What I love most about Arbtech is the people.
Although we all live far apart and most of us work from home, the team socials and great online communication really brings us all together.
I love how incredibly helpful, welcoming and friendly everyone is, which as a new starter makes settling in all that much easier.
There is such a vast amount of knowledge among the team, which is so readily shared and makes the start of my career with limited understanding seem a lot less daunting.
I love travelling and exploring nature – as if I don’t get enough of that with the job!
The highlight of last year’s travels was a few nights spent on Lundy Island – a remote animal haven with no phone signal where I got to enjoy the peaceful seals basking and beautiful puffins nesting their chicks.
A couple of trips to Devon, North Wales and Croatia were also on the list, where I enjoyed hiking around, fascinated with the wildlife and habitats that differ from my local area.
This year’s travel plans consist of similar antics.
A set routine.
It helps immensely and is key to having a productive day.
Thanks to Rob’s ultimate wisdom, I have implemented many of his techniques and tips, such as the deep working method and Pareto’s principle.
Learning to enjoy the journey despite failures is also especially important, and as someone starting out in their career, it is fundamental to your learning.
As I just recently joined, I haven’t been to any as of yet, but there are so many exciting ones being planned for the summer that I can’t wait to be a part of!
New Zealand is definitely at the top of my list at the moment! The diverse landscapes are calling out my name.
I’d also love to revisit Asia at some point too, as it really won my heart travelling around Thailand a few years ago.
Hopefully still at Arbtech. I really can’t see myself being anywhere else. The perks, people, amazing boss and flexible work just cannot compare to anywhere else.
I would like to progress further in the company as my knowledge grows, and hopefully be able to mentor newcomers in the years to come, as I love helping people and I’ve had such great mentorship that I would like to give back.
I’d love to go on a research programme in Australia at some point. The wildlife is just so rich and different from ours; it would be amazing to work with it closely.
In the distant future, I dream about having my own little bit of land to turn into a wildlife haven, to enjoy sharing with all the little creatures and just be immersed in nature.
Olga joined Arbtech in 2023.
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