More about Katy
Katy won the School's Women in the Built Environment internship award and spent her internship with Arcadis. Arcadis are are now sponsoring Katy through her final year of study.
Tell us about your internship experience.
"Over the Summer I was working in the Automotive and Aerospace team which specialises in constructing manufacturing and research and design facilities for key accounts including Jaguar Land Rover. I didn't have any specialist experience in this area, so I did feel I was thrown in to it, but now I'm really enjoying it. I have been working as a Trainee Consultancy Quantity Surveyor. The internship was really successful, and I have since been sponsored by Arcadis to continue working with them whilst competing my studies part-time one day a week going forward.
"I was interviewed by a female senior Quantity Surveyor to get the position. It feels like there are a lot of women working at Arcadis, more than I expected, especially in senior positions. There's definitely equality and a balance between the men and women that work for Arcadis.
"This experience has really given me confidence. I am now confident that what I'm doing is right because I've done it in a real life scenario with a number of industry eyes to check and approve. I've also appreciated the immediate corrections to any errors, which has helped me to learn on the job.
"NTU really encourages you into the workplace through internships, work experience, and sandwich courses. The facilities are great and give you the opportunity to get your hands dirty with practical workshops in, for example, concrete. NTU get you thinking beyond studying and on to your career at an early stage. Nottingham is also a good place to live and be a student. There are lots of contractors based here, and NTU exposes you to lots of industry contacts from wider afield.
"The workshops are great – they are above and beyond other university's facilities. The library is also good because there are bookable learning rooms that students and groups can book out to discuss project work. Most of the buildings on the City site are exceptional places to study.
"I really wanted to get out on site and get some work experience in order to understand what I had learnt from my studies and apply them to a real job. I had been on site before starting here and I enjoy the practical side of things, seeing things in real life helps me to make sense of the theory."