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Name: Gemma Naylor Age:23 Occupation: environment assistant, Carillion

Route to the job:

'I finished my degree in environmental science at Wolverhampton University in June 1999, and then worked as a clerical temp. At Carillion I was eventually offered a permanent position as document controller. While doing this I was being called upon increasingly to use my environmental knowledge, and even managed to squeeze in some environmental work in the integrated management systems (safety, quality and environment) department. I have recently been promoted to environment assistant working partly within the infrastructure management and infrastructure projects division and partly for Carillion plc. I am studying part-time for a post-graduate certificate in environmental management and protection at Staffordshire University.'

Typical day:

'Every day has been different. I could be visiting sites to undertake environmental audits, providing support for environmental operations and environmental supply chain meetings, putting together toolbox talk cards for sites, compiling the monthly plc environmental board report or co-ordinating an energy reduction scheme. I also help produce sustainability action plans for sites, maintain the infrastructure management register of legislation, write articles for our monthly safety and environmental briefing and put together environmental awareness training packs.'

Highs and lows:

'My biggest high was meeting Professor David Bellamy, through Carillion's corporate membership of the Wildlife Trusts. I also enjoy putting together information that may make people working in offices and on site stop and think about what they are doing and how it may affect the environment. So far I've experienced few lows, but knowing that there is still a long way to go in improving environmental awareness is quite daunting.'

Ambitions:

'I would like to complete my course and be able to use what I've learned in my work. I want to learn more about Carillion, promote environmental issues within every division and help the company move towards sustainable construction.'

Advice:

'Take every opportunity, and be aware that good career moves and opportunities can and will come even if the path you follow is not the most obvious one.Work hard and most importantly enjoy what you do.'

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