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Day in the life of Pete

It’s great being able to get to know our Recruitment Consultants on a more personal level. For this episode of day in the life of, we had a chat to Peter McKay, our Demolition, Remediation and Piling Specialist.


1. It has been said that you have multiple degrees (not construction or recruitment related), what made your decision to become a Recruitment Consultant?

I only have one degree at the moment and I’m in the first year of my second degree. However, I had exposure to recruitment whilst I was at Uni and I thought it was a great career to get into. It’s definitely a career that pushes me more than any other career I would have found myself in.

2. Reflecting back from day one to now, how do you think you have evolved in your current position, professionally and personally?

Looking back at day one I thought I knew what recruitment was, however, over the last year, I’ve evolved professionally by learning from colleagues and my Directors. I try to make sure I’m pushing myself in my role on a daily basis which is something I’ve worked hard on since day one. Personally, I think I’ve learnt to become more of a team player. Studying a degree is really a one-man team and it’s all I’ve really known for the last three years but I have really enjoyed helping support my colleagues at work.

3. What is a typical day in the office like for you?

I’m an early bird so I like to make sure I’m one of the first in the office. I then spend the first part of my morning catching up on admin before I hit the phones for the majority of the day. I wouldn’t say I’m competitive but I really don’t like it when someone in the office makes more calls than me! Lunchtime is probably my favourite part of the day; everyone relaxes and I like to catch up with everyone.

4. What keeps you motivated to go to work each day?

Honestly, I think it’s the team I work with. I know that’s extremely cliché but we really are a big family. We laugh and bicker daily but it keeps me on my toes and I enjoy that. Aside from that, I like the fact that I am technically my own boss. I get to build my own relationships with construction professionals and clients and that’s definitely a highlight of the job.


A bit on the lighter side…

5. Tell me a little bit about your life outside of work?

Outside of work I like to travel a lot! I’ve already travelled South and Central America, Africa, America and a large part of Europe. If I’m not travelling, I’m planning holidays with Japan and Antarctica being next on my list. I try and make the most of my weekends so I like to get up and get out. I also have two nieces; one has just turned 2 and the other is 3 months old. Apparently, I’m the fun uncle so I like to keep them entertained!

6. What are your hobbies?

I love running! I used to compete competitively for six years before I went to university. It’s definitely something I am trying to get back into. I would say another hobby of mine is exploring. I also have my own travel page on social media and I’m currently in the process of finishing my website to go alongside this.

7. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years, I would like to have a house and a dog (the dog is probably more important than the house if I’m completely honest). I also have an idea for a business venture I’ve been looking into over the last two years. I can’t say much more than that but it’s something that will help a lot of people in the future.

8. What song do you think people would relate to you and why?

Chic – Everybody Dance. If anyone knows me well, they will know I love to get up and have a dance (let’s not remind ourselves of the Christmas work party). It’s a good upbeat song and I think I have a personality that fills a room.

9. Describe your life using film/TV titles.

How to get away with murder – this is actually a saying that we use in our family a lot. Not because we are all sinister people. It’s just a little phrase that describes someone who can get away with anything and according to my family, that’s me!

10. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?

Slate grey – it’s my favourite colour!

11. If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why? 

I would love to be a turtle. They are gentle creatures who have the luxury of exploring our world’s oceans. They also live for long periods of time and I would love to see how time changes from 1-100 years.

12. Do you prefer reading books or watching TV?

Watching TV. I used to read loads of books for university and it put me off reading for a while. TV is definitely an easier way for me to relax!

13. What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

Well, not really funny but some may think so. I recently crashed my car on the motorway on my way home and a few days later – saw the same person (with the same dent in the back of his van), in almost the same spot – funny, coincidence or just outright weird, you decide!

14. Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman? 

Batman! He’s my favourite superhero, mainly because his superhero abilities are more realistic.

15. If you had a choice between two superpowers, being invisible or flying, which would you choose?

Flying – I think you would be able to avoid most natural disasters this way.

16. What would your autobiography be called?

Life of Pete – simple but good.

17. If you were to trade places with someone else for a month, living or dead, famous or not, fictional or real, who would that person be?

Serena Williams. I’ve been a huge fan since I was young. I even went to start a career in tennis until I realised, I was rubbish and moved on to running.

18. Everyone usually has a good idea for a new app. What’s would yours be?

I would create an app that is a mini travel guide for every country. For someone who travels a lot, I can tell you carrying around 3 or 4 travel books is not fun!

19. If you were to be known as one of the seven dwarfs, who would you be and why?

I’ve never seen any Disney film so I’m not sure.

20. What is your motto in life?

Don’t get bitter get better!


What an interesting and funny read! Thank you Peter, for taking the time for us to be able to have a day in the life of Pete!