My education and career
I did an undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London between 2014-2017. Once I finished my degree, I started working at Waverley Borough Council in the Planning Policy team as a Planning Officer in July 2017. In 2018 Waverley Borough Council agreed to part-fund a part-time masters degree (this was before the apprenticeship scheme existed) and allow me to attend on day release. I undertook the Planning, Policy and Practice Master of Arts degree at London South Bank University between 2018-2020 one day a week. In April 2021 I was successfully appointed as a Senior Planning Policy Officer at Waverley Borough Council.
- Keep on top of your Reflective Journal and set aside time to fill it out on a weekly or monthly basis. It’s a useful tool to keep track of which skills and competencies you are building and which you still need to work on to make sure you can demonstrate the full range in your Professional Competence Statement. It’s also a huge piece of work and took me more time than any other section of my APC, so it’s beneficial to only have to fill in a few sections at a time.
Make use of your mentor and other professionals who have undertaken the APC, particularly those who have done it recently. Feedback from my colleagues on drafts of my APC were invaluable.