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Employee stories: Sam Walker, career grade planner

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I started at the council in 2015 as a planning assistant following a career change from bespoke furniture design and architectural technology. The culture of the council and the planning team itself were welcoming and supportive and have continued to help me settle into my new career and support my learning and development.

The council offers in-house training to equip employees with the skills and confidence to fulfil our roles. In just three years I have progressed through the career grade to become a qualified planner working as part of a joint planning policy team. The council has also supported me in pursuing a part time master’s degree in Town Planning at Anglia Ruskin University for which I gained a distinction.This will help me on the way to professional accreditation with the Royal Town Planning Institute.

The flexible working hours enable me to manage my time effectively and help me to have a good work/life balance. I have made lots of friends in the office and we socialise regularly at lunch and after work. Working in City Hall is great as it’s in the heart of the city centre shopping and places to eat right on the doorstep!

Working for the council is without a doubt the most enjoyable and rewarding job I have had. I feel there is a bright future for me here and that I am supported in my personal development and getting the most out of the opportunities available to advance my career.