More about Farzana
Placement company: VolkerFitzpatrick (London)
“I would recommend this course to anyone who is looking for a course with a good balance of practice and theory. The links and support provided by the careers department and lecturers is far superior to a number of universities that are supposedly more academic. So, if you want a career in Civil Engineering, you will get that from NTU and this course.
“Most coursework and projects are based on real-life examples and the Civil Engineering department make an extra effort to keep the course content up-to-date with regulations, policies and equipment which is key for our industry and as engineers.
How did you spend your placement year?
“I did my placement year with VolkerFitzpatrick Rail; I was based in London and worked on the Thameslink Depot in Hornsey. It was an amazing experience, not only did I network with so many individuals and companies, I was involved in almost every aspect of the construction and engineering works.
“I gained experience in site engineering and management works, health and safety, quality management and design. I’ve also been offered a place on their graduate scheme, on which I will start later this year.
What would you say to prospective students?
“It is an interesting course, but you have to be committed to get through all three years and a placement. I would definitely recommend doing a placement as it gives you an advantage over other candidates that may be applying for the same job or for a Masters programme. Also, you have nothing to lose, you will get paid and gain experience, as well as make your own links in the industry.
“I have become more confident presenting, but also general communication and conveying ideas and opinions is much easier. This is necessary when working in a design office or on site. As mentioned, it’s also necessary for the ICE Chartership process. It makes you more employable overall as these are key skills required by any employer.”