More about Aïreena
What is it about NTU that made you want to study here?
"The course is CIOB accredited and regarding the university league tables, we’re doing extremely well! The university has a great atmosphere, offers out an Employability Team service and has an array of societies to be a part of. It’s in the middle of the City Centre which is always a bonus."
What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?
"We’re not thrown in the deep end, from first year we’re encouraged to perform at a level benchmark and then we are able as individuals to develop and grow towards our career goals."
Has the course included any speakers / lecturers from industry – if so can you talk about one you really enjoyed?
"The ADBE school are always offering out guest speakers, networking schemes and mock assessment opportunities, which is always helpful for getting your foot in the door. I was extremely fortunate as I went along to a mock assessment directed by Morgan Sindall, who wanted to provide NTU students with experience in the interview / application process. This led me to receiving an offer from Morgan Sindall for a Graduate Scheme 2019."
How do you find the facilities on offer at NTU?
"The facilities are realty good and with the different construction projects happening both at City and Clifton Campus, there is inevitability more to come!"
In a nutshell, why would you recommend your course / NTU to someone looking to study in that area?
"Yes, if I could go back to 2014 and go through my application process for university all over again, I would still pick Nottingham Trent University as my first choice. I would recommend my course because of the opportunities, I’ve been presented with such as; being involved with the Women in the Built Environment networking schemes, finding my placement to then finding my graduate scheme. I’ve even applied to do my MSc at Nottingham Trent University because of how well the course is taught."
Have you completed any work placements and if so can you explain little bit about them – where you went, what you did, and any skills you’ve gained that will help you when you graduate?
"During my time at Nottingham Trent University, I’ve put myself forward for short-term work placements. I have worked for Bellway Homes, Henry Brothers and RPS Consultancy during my university years, which enabled me to gain a better understanding of industry. Through each placement, I was expected to carry out health and safety audits, provide quality management and essentially apply what I’ve learnt at NTU in a working environment."
What advice would you give to prospective students who are considering applying for this course?
"To use the University’s facilities to it’s maximum potential, this includes; the library, labs, study rooms and lounges they have to offer. It becomes a great source of help and I wish it’s something I took advantage of a bit more."
Are you involved in any sports or societies at NTU? If so please explain your participation and your achievements with the sport/society?
"I am currently a part of the NTU Latin Dance Society, unfortunately one of my biggest regrets at NTU has been not joining a Society sooner! I joined NTU Latin Dance during my final year and chose not to compete and stuck to it as a hobby."
Could you please explain more about anything extra you have been involved in I.e. awards, prizes, placements, and what you did during this time?
"During 2017 - 2018 I completed my industrial placement with Henry Brothers Midlands Division, it was a great learning curve for myself. My placement year provided me with opportunities, progression and a chance to mature a little bit. Having a year of routine and discipline allowed me to understand the in’s and out’s of being on site and gave me a new light of appreciation for industry."
What was the most interesting aspect of this project/placement and why?
"It gave me a chance to get stuck in from the get go, as well make some great contacts that I still use till this day! It also gives people a better understanding of what they’ve been learning about two years prior to their placement year. It allowed me to put theory into practice and coming back into final year enabled me to implement my new-found skills into my assignments and projects."
What skills have you gained by completing this project/placement?
"I cannot emphasise enough, the level of maturity and discipline doing a placement year gave me. I also gained a great amount of confidence being on site for a year, I was able to use these skills in my final year. The skills I learnt from my placement taught me that collaborative working within industry can make the difference between strong output or weak."
How will these skills enhance your employability for your chosen career?
"Employers love seeing applicants with experience as well as the qualification. It shows them that we know more than just the textbook standard and can apply knowledge to real life scenarios. It also gives employers confidence that they’re not throwing you into the deep end when taking you on as a Graduate and you know what to expect."
Find out more about studying BSc (Hons) Construction Management at NTU.