Career advancement and personal development from being a climbing arborist/team leader for Birmingham City Council.
From a LOT of research on what to do as the ‘next step’ within arboriculture, Arbtech had far exceeded what I had previously expected from a company.
Opportunity for further career advancement. Coming from a practical background has opened up new opportunities to seek advice and experience, enhancing my skill set.
The culture that has been created by Rob and fellow Arbtechers is phenomenal. Nothing is too much for anyone when it comes to asking for help or knowledge. The fact I had been invited to the Christmas party after only being at Arbtech for a week took me by surprise, but it also enabled me to network and connect with fellow workers.
Gym. I have set myself target goals for this year, personally and professionally. My diet and training are at the peak of what I currently do. Managing my time around my daughter’s sleeping pattern has blown things up for me in a sense of my motivation and drive to use my time wisely in organising my fitness journey.
I have also dedicated myself to openness and willingness with the help of a friend to delve into more self-consciousness, self-awareness, and men’s coaching sessions which I attend every week.
“It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” – Benjamin E. Mays.
Yes. Life is tough. YES. Everyone has experienced or been exploited by trauma at some stage in their life. But, imagine a life where you do not have aspirations or goals. Can you fathom where life would be now? Work is tough, relationships are tough, and personal trauma is tough. But if you make the conscious decision to dedicate yourself to goals, no matter how big or how small, you will achieve your ultimate goal without even realizing it.
Get to the grind and get it done.
The Christmas do!
So, after spending a few days at Arbtech HQ – and despite only being at the company for a few days – I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Rob had invited my partner and I to attend the Arbtech Christmas do at Opera Grill in Chester.
This was a great experience that enabled me to network with some of the Arbtech army. Although so many people attended that it was hard to introduce myself to everyone there, every member of the team that I spoke to was incredibly welcoming, talking me through previous experiences and what it’s like to become an Arbtecher.
I found the experience to be massively humbling, with everybody being so accommodating, giving me the inspiration and motivation to do well within the company.
Machu Picchu in Peru – one of my lifetime favourites to visit, with its breathtaking scenery and majestic hiking routes.
Surrounded by greenery, rushing water and amazing views, there is something about the thought of being so remotely isolated that I find captivating. In my eyes, it is the ultimate outdoor experience, enabling you to be grounded in mother nature herself. I feel that the visits to the ruins are quite simply a once-in-a-lifetime experience where the scenery can tell you so much about the history within the area without saying a word.
On the hiking routes located on the sheer face of mountains, it feels like you are on top of the world!
My current short-term goals are to become fluent in taking S1 surveys, develop an understanding of the processes at Arbtech, and undoubtedly believe that I can do it.
Coming from ropes, saws and blistering weather conditions, it is almost foreign to me to be behind a screen. Every day, I am learning and adapting to the way things work here, and I would like to see myself showing efficiency with ease shortly.
In terms of personal goals, this year I am going for the bulk, taking my training to the next level in the weight room and finding/learning new techniques as I grow stronger.
I’ve also said that I’d try BJJ – I’m game!
Tom joined Arbtech in December 2022.
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