Pursuing A Career in Construction In The Isle of ManCharlotte Gatt completed a Level 3 Diploma in Construction and the Build Environment in 2015 at the University College IOM. She is a Planning Assistant within the Isle of Man Government’s Planning and Building Control Department.
Construction & Design: A Passion From An Early Age
Since I was a young girl, I always had a keen interest in construction and design. So much so, that when it came to choosing my GCSE subjects, I opted to complete the mandatory subjects and take a more vocational route. This involved completing a Level 1 Diploma in Construction, Motor Vehicle and Engineering and some hands-on work experience while I continued with my normal studies.
As I studied, and gained more experience, my love for architecture and design only grew stronger, and I soon released that this was a career I wanted to pursue for the long term.
Commencing A Career In Construction In The Isle of Man
After completing my Diploma, I was fortunate enough to secure an on-site role with a large, well-known construction company and was offered the opportunity to train as a Site Setting Out Engineer. The role was diverse and really tested my knowledge, I even had the opportunity to move into a CAD (Computer Aided Design) Technician role, which required completing technical drawings for a Structural Engineer.
Securing My Dream Role In Construction
After several years I decided to move on, and when I saw the role for Planning Assistant with the Isle of Man Government’s Planning and Building Control Department, I couldn’t not apply! The position has given me the opportunity to join the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute and has enabled me to gain hands-on experience with planning applications. This is something I have thoroughly enjoyed and look to progress in the future, my intention being to become a full-time Planning Officer.
Making A Positive Impact In The Community
I feel incredibly privileged to be playing a part in the development of the Isle of Man’s infrastructure, whether that is protecting and preserving our beautiful countryside, or buildings of historical importance and architectural interest – all in the place I was born.
I also really enjoy communicating with people on a day-to-day basis and providing members of the public with advice on their planning applications – something they can find quite stressful, so it’s nice to offer support and ease their worries.
Doing The Job I Love, In The Place I Love
What makes it all that more special, is that I get to do the job I love, in the place I love. I love the uniqueness of the place I call home, the character and locality of certain towns and the availability of local produce. The Isle of Man is a beautiful Island, and a lovely place for tranquil walks, sunrises, sunsets, and everything in between. It is a safe place, and nothing is ever too far away.