More about Matthew
Winner: TARGETjobs Construction, Design & Engineering Undergraduate of the Year 2017
What do you enjoy most about your course at NTU?
“My favourite aspect of this course in particular, is the focus on producing ready-made graduates with a well-rounded, ‘industry-proof’ skillset to facilitate the academic offering. This allows for great advantage when applying for graduate roles within the industry as most of the students come ready with a minimum of one year’s relevant industrial experience.
“The academic staff from the civil engineering department are all very supportive of our learning, and encouraging of our future prospects. There is a wide range of technical knowledge in specialist corners of the industry and this is hugely beneficial for those individuals wanting to further their academic base.”
Has the course included any trips?
“The course offers a compulsory Engineering Surveying fieldwork course integrated into a Year One module, with non-compulsory offerings of site-visits proposed throughout the year. Most recently, myself and six other students attended a site visit to a Highways England project, part of the A50 Growth Corridor in Uttoxeter as outlined in the Secretary of State for Transport’s Growth Incentive for the UK.
“The project included the construction of a dual grade road junction with a new link road in conjunction with the National Infrastructure Plan. This visit was particularly useful as it featured highways design, a module which isn’t covered in detail until final year so was a beneficial insight into what to expect both out on site, and for final year studies.”
Tell us more about your Undergraduate of the Year award win.
“The award is a nationwide competition ran by top employment agency, TARGETjobs, which awards undergraduates who have excelled in 1 of 12 subject areas and recognises their extra-curricular commitment to the industry. The process began with initial, rigorous online testing. Successful completion of the tests and a personal assessment led candidates being invited to an assessment centre at Laing O’ Rourke’s (Sponsor Company) Headquarters in Dartford, Kent. From this, 10 finalists were selected to attend the awards ceremony which was held at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf where the winners were announced.
“Personally, the most interesting aspect of the project was the technical group discussion held at the assessment centre. The discussion allowed individuals to communicate and present ideas on a technical basis from which I came to the realisation about how complex and challenging the role of a Civil Engineer will be. Not only from a technical understanding, but the ability to effectively communicate ideas to reach a desirable outcome.
Have you secured a placement for your sandwich year?
“Fortunately, I was able to secure an industrial placement early on in the academic year with a great deal of thanks to the employability team. They continually promote and offer placements throughout the year from a wide variety of companies, both contracting and consultancy, and offer support throughout the whole process. The most notable event of the year is the NTU Property, Design and Construction Fair held in the Newton Building. It allows students to have first-hand interaction with employees from top industry companies and allows them to get a feel for which companies they are most attracted to.”