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Civil Engineering student wins TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year

Second year BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering student Matthew Welsh recently beat strong competition from across the UK to be named TARGETjobs’ Construction, Engineering & Design Undergraduate of the Year.

Matthew Welsh award
Matthew (centre) receives his Undergraduate of the Year award

The prestigious award, sponsored by Laing O’Rourke, recognises outstanding undergraduate students and their extra-curricular commitment to the subject area.

The competition is designed to test students’ academic excellence, initiative, creative and problem solving skills, and written communication and interpersonal proficiencies; all necessary to complete the assessments and be successful in industry.

Participants were required to undertake a series of rigorous online tests and personal assessments, designed by CEB, before successful candidates were invited to an assessment centre at Laing O’Rourke’s headquarters in Dartford, Kent. Matthew excelled throughout and was shortlisted, alongside nine other finalists including fellow NTU student Matthew Groome, and invited to attend the final awards ceremony at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf, London.

Matthew entered the competition to challenge himself against like minded students, “personally, the most interesting aspect of the project was the technical group discussion held at the assessment centre. The discussion allowed individuals to communicate and present ideas on a technical basis from which I came to the realisation about how complex and challenging the role of a Civil Engineer will be; not only from a technical understanding, but the ability to effectively communicate ideas to reach a desirable outcome.

“I was initially shocked (to win), there was some tough competition with a really high calibre of finalists but when my name was read out I couldn’t quite believe it.

And his advice for those looking to enter next year’s awards? “Be yourself and allow your personality to be shown. Good engineers are those who can excel well in a team and lead to produce results. Don't be afraid to challenge the status quo and try to by critical in your analysis. Most importantly however, show that you know your industry.”

Matthew now has the offer to complete an all-expenses paid international summer placement, working on one of Laing O’Rourke’s overseas projects.

Civil Engineering student wins TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year

Published on 11 May 2017
  • Category: School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

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