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emma thompson

Emma Thompson
Planner, Planning

How many years have you worked at Bidwells?

5 years and 6 months.

When you joined us, what role did you come into?

Planning Team Secretary.

What was it that piqued your interest about joining Bidwells?

I moved from Leeds to Cambridgeshire in 2010 and I wanted to remain working as a secretary in the commercial property sector but I didn’t really know too much about Bidwells before joining.

However, I knew I wanted to work for a company that invests in its people, is forward-thinking and is a friendly place to work. Bidwells is exactly this and more.

Nearly six years later and I still enjoy working for the number one property specialists in Cambridge.

Can you talk us through your career at Bidwells – the different positions you held?

I started as a Team Secretary for the Cambridge Planning team, which I held for 2½ years. I then changed roles to become a Planner.

What were the turning points in your career, that made you get to where you are now?

Realising that I had the appetite to learn more about the planning industry and with some encouragement from my team leader applied to Anglia Ruskin University to study an MSc in Town Planning.

Did you have a mentor (official or unofficial) that you can say helped you along the way?

No specific mentor, but everyone in the Cambridge Planning team has provided guidance and advice in one way or another.

What is the one piece of advice that you were given that has proved invaluable?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Have you had to complete any qualifications along the way?

MSc Town Planning Degree.

What has been your biggest achievement, or your greatest moment, during your time at Bidwells?

My biggest achievement is getting my Master’s degree.

It has definitely been a challenge working and studying at the same time, particularly when I was also planning my wedding, but the hard work and determination has paid off and I’m really proud of myself.

What do you wish you could tell your younger self now?

Believe in yourself, don’t pass up the opportunities that may come your way because you just never know where they might lead you to.

What's next for you?

Working towards my chartered membership to the Royal Town Planning Institute.

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