Aggie Vernon-Smith

Aggie

Vernon-Smith

United Kingdom
I absolutely loved the fact that I could meet and talk to so many talented and inspiring individuals, who shared my love and passion for built environment.

More about Aggie

Aggie won the Midlands Women in Property 2017 Student Award and represented the region at the national finals in London.

Why NTU?

“I enjoy the variety of assignments that we have. There’s a good balance between independent essays, interesting presentations and more practical design projects. It’s never easy and always challenging, providing a great sense of accomplishment each step of the way.

Tell us more about your involvement with the Women in Property Awards.

“I recently took part in the 2017 Women in Property Student Award competition. The Association of Women in Property strives to address the issue of under representation of women in property and construction sectors. I felt very proud to be nominated for the award, as it gave me an opportunity share my thoughts and experiences regarding this significant issue and ultimately, contribute towards its resolution.

And tell us about your Midlands award win.

“I was fortunate to win the Regional Award for the Midlands. It was a fantastic experience, both from a personal development and networking point of view. Although I did not win the Nationals, I thoroughly enjoyed the process as it pushed me out of my comfort zone and put my skills and knowledge to the test.

What have you gained from this experience?

“I certainly learnt more, not just about the industry I work in but also about myself. I became more confident in my own abilities, but also aware of my shortcomings, which helped me address them accordingly. Most importantly, I learnt that it really is not always about winning, but rather about taking part, enjoying it and making the most of the experience.

“I absolutely loved the fact that I could meet and talk to so many talented and inspiring individuals, who shared my love and passion for built environment. They have undoubtedly motivated me to further pursuit my career aspirations.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?

"The course incorporates numerous field trips to support the studies and required coursework. They provide an invaluable experience and opportunity to put some of the theory into practice. We also had a week’s long trip to Malta in the second year of the studies, which provided an insight into Malta’s heritage and architecture. It was also great for team-building!

What advice would you give to prospective students considering applying for your course?

“In my opinion, building surveying is one of the best courses NTU has on offer. The course covers a wide spectrum of subjects and is scientifically stimulating, which means it is never boring!  Its delivery is very practical so it would suit a person who enjoys the ‘hands-on’ approach. If you are considering becoming a building surveyor, you should already have a good understanding of what the job entails. My advice therefore is very simple – apply and be prepared to work hard and I promise you, you will not regret it!"

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