My name is Zoya Latif and I am a Quantity Surveying Apprentice, working with the power team. I am in the second year of my degree apprenticeship, studying at London Southbank University. I previously worked for the Construction & Property team. Before my apprenticeship, I studied English literature, Philosophy & Politics at A-Level. I initially intended to study Philosophy at Nottingham University (completely different!)

After extensive research during sixth form, I decided I wanted to do a degree apprenticeship because I wanted to ‘get my foot in the door’. Gaining real work experience particularly appealed to me. This is because getting experience is extremely valuable and something that can’t be gained in a classroom. Working on different projects has expanded my knowledge and understanding of the different work that Murphy carries out. It is also extremely satisfying being able to apply what I have learned from university into Murphy and vice versa. Being able to work in Murphy has allowed me to grow and develop new skills and become more confident as a person.

My highlight so far has been meeting and working with people that are extremely supportive and happy to help. Coming into Murphy without any background knowledge was intimidating. However, everyone I have worked with has given me their time to explain the work, from process to contractual to technical. I am so grateful for that. Reflecting on the past year I have realised how much I have grown as a person and as a construction professional.

During the summer, outside of work, I am a keen cricket player and cricket coach for girls aged 5-14. My biggest achievement has been becoming the youngest ECB Level 2 qualified Coach in my clubs’ history alongside my twin sister!

Once my apprenticeship is complete, I plan to start working towards becoming a chartered surveyor and completing my RICS. While I am only in my second year, I have enjoyed attending the APC courses with Alpesh Patel. I am excited to progress!