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Working at Wise Basement Systems

June 4, 2009

Michael ErskineWorking at Wise Basement Systems, Michael Erskine gives an insight towards his job in solving water management problems within basements. He has been in the job for the past three and a half years.
Michael Erskine

Describe your workplace?

Most of my time is spent in the car. The head office is in Barrhead, but I cover the whole of Scotland.

What is the dress code?

Smart but casual. I wear a tie most days but we are in the process of getting branded shirts with the Wise Logo on them which will keep things nice and simple

What hours do you work?

Should be 8am till 5.30pm but I am here as long as it takes to get the job done. I enjoy my work and not many people can say that.

Do you have any qualifications?

I trained for this job in the states and that has stood me in good stead for working on basement solutions in Scotland

What was your first job?

Officially it was as an apprentice joiner in Falkirk.

How do you get on with your colleagues?

Really well. I have done the job manually so I know all the pitfalls which helps us work together as a team.

What has been the biggest challenge of your career?

Helping to launch Wise Basement Systems as a specialist division of Wise Property Care.

What has been your career highlight?

Making Wise Basement Systems profitable and helping to build the business.

Any low points?

Sometimes things go wrong. You just need to make sure you are ready to respond to any unforeseen circumstances that arise.

What skills are needed?

Patience and a passion for everything with waterproofing. Technical ability is also a must, but this can be learned, unlike the other skills.

Where do you see yourself in the future?

Still with Wise Basement Systems, running a division with branches all over the country.

What advice would you offer to those looking for a similar career?

Do it! It is a challenging and rewarding career when you see the results.

What do you do to unwind after work?

Play golf and catch up with the latest news on my oversized TV.

Which celebrity would you most like to work with?

Possibly Paul McKenna. I am fascinated by his mind games

For more information on Wise Basement Systems

For more information, visit our Wise Basement Systems homepage.

Alternatively, contact us on 0800 65 22 678 to speak to a basement waterproofing expert.