The greatest skill I’ve gained is commercial awareness and being able to understand the factors which affect engineering projects.
More about James
Placement company: WSP PB (London)
What have you enjoyed most about your course at NTU?
“The BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering course is very engaging as everything which I’m taught has some kind of practical context which brings the theory to life. This not only ensures I understands what I’m being taught but makes it enjoyable.
“Every tutor on the course are more than happy to help and meet up if I have any queries. Ruth Osborne, the employability tutor, is extremely helpful and very approachable and was one of the main factors behind me securing a placement.
How did you spend your placement year?
“My placement was with WSP PB in London, which is a leading international design consultancy firm. I was based in a design team which covered all highways within Westminster. The placement has not only let me practice things I have learnt on the course but developed my skills a huge amount as well. During my role I was given responsibilities like dealing with clients and third party stakeholders.
“On my placement I’ve been involved on the complete redevelopment of Bond St. in London. This has been interesting as its very client orientated with lots of stakeholders to keep happy, meaning there have to be a lot of compromises in the design.
How has your placement aided your employability?
“The greatest skill I’ve gained is commercial awareness and being able to understand the factors which affect engineering projects. Having knowledge of things like cost and stakeholder limitations can speed up the design process when these are taken into account at an early stage. Understanding how drawings are used to communicate information to different parties is important; as well as early communication between designers and contractors.
“Having experience within the construction industry is one of the biggest factors employers look for. Being able to recall experiences and explain how I overcame problems I had this year will be useful when speaking with potential employers. The year has also given me the opportunity to create good relationships with many people in the industry, keeping in touch with colleagues can open a lot of doors into construction.”
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