A catch up with Rebecca How…
We catch up with Rebecca How as she joins Altair as our latest Graduate Consultant, and hear about her holistic approach to housing.
Read below our full catch up with Rebecca How and all she has to offer in her new role…
As one of the newest members of the team at Altair, tell us about your background and experience so far:
I completed by undergraduate in geography, politics and international relations in 2020. My studies took a very holistic approach to housing and I was keen to learn more. So I continued with a masters in geography, with an emphasis on geopolitics and security.
During my masters, we explored various challenges the world will face over the next century, and some of the challenges we considered were housing related. For example, we looked at the current global housing crisis and considered future challenges to the sector. These included sustainability, technological innovation and the political economy of housing.
It ignited my passion to think about housing beyond my undergraduate studies. I’m really glad I did, as it led me to Altair.
What attracted you most to join Altair and apply for the graduate scheme?
Fundamentally, my social stance in housing. I think it [housing] should be available for everyone – not purely a commodity or an asset – it’s about creating a home and understanding the people who live there. Unfortunately, housing is driven by profit, and Altair understands the entanglement of the sector. Altair appreciates the importance of social housing and the people throughout.
The grad scheme demonstrates a deep and broad understanding of the sector by working with stakeholders and organisations on an array of issues. A curriculum not available in many other grad schemes in the housing sector.
What areas are you most excited about working in over the next year?
I’m based in the management side of consultancy at Altair, and I’m really excited to support some upcoming projects across various service streams. I can’t pick a particular stream or area, but I’m thrilled at the thought of my work having a real impact. My work at university impacted my grade, but it doesn’t have real life application. The projects I’m working on with clients is of real magnitude and impacting communities across the UK.
What expertise do you bring that you think will be of most value to your role at Altair, and what skills are you hoping to develop?
I’ve realised the skills I draw on most while working at Altair is organisation and time management. As I’m simultaneously working on multiple projects across the business, it’s important to my manage tasks and workload effectively. On a more personal level, my passion and empathy are critically valuable. As well as how I carry myself and act in the role, my focus on social aspects and improving people lives.
Consultancy was really attractive to me, as its something I haven’t had experience of. I’m excited for the opportunity to get involved in multiple projects so I can develop and learn a wide range of new skills.
How do you like to spend your free time? What do you do on weekends?
I am such an outdoorsy person! In other words, you’ll find me outside in any weather. Whether its camping or water sports. I adore being surrounded by nature and the sense of accomplishment after a long hike.
If you enjoyed this catch up with Rebecca, you can find out more by viewing her full profile here.
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