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Supporting employers: Conlon

Work placement: James Fairhurst BSc (Hons) Business & Management

James Fairhurst, BSc (Hons) Business & Management

“Personally, by taking my year out with Conlon I got to learn their culture as an organisation, how they work as teams and individuals. Ultimately this helped me gain a full-time job. Edge Hill gave me the opportunity to learn and develop throughout my years of study, but the experiences and lessons you learn in the real world are priceless. The main benefit is the confidence gained in your own ability.

The sandwich year concentrates on what you need in the real world and ultimately makes you the perfect fit for whatever company you work for. I can’t recommend it enough. Best decision I have ever made.”

James Fairhurst, BSc (Hons) Business & Management

About the company

Conlon is a client-focused, multi-award-winning Chartered Building Company, based in Preston, Lancashire.

The company was looking to provide a ‘Year in Industry’ opportunity for a university student. James Fairhurst, BSc (Hons) Business & Management of Edge Hill University was successful in securing this position and worked across a variety of departments within the business throughout his sandwich year.

The outcome

“James has worked to a professional standard with a high level of capability and has been given greater independence to work on aspects of the role. He has absorbed a huge amount of information to a high level of competence in the practical application of using his knowledge.

He is a strong member of the team taking initiative for projects, for example signage for projects, using his marketing knowledge. His conduct and attendance are exemplary. His key strengths are his attention to detail especially with legal matters.”

Justin Sheil, Conlon, Land and Planning Director

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