My year in industry has been invaluable. I now have real experience of the field that I want to work in.
More about Sam
Placement company: Waldeck Consulting
What do you enjoy most about the course?
"One of the main things I enjoy the most about the course is getting to know all the areas of the whole industry from the drawings, through to the legal and technical details.
What do you think about the course staff?
"I've found that every member of our course staff are very knowledgeable and helpful, and due to this, we as students get a wide range of experience and information.
Have you been involved in any live projects, briefs or trips on your course?
"We've been involved in projects through the course. One project I particularly enjoyed was when we designed a new visitor centre for Gedling Country Park. The project was a great opportunity for us to put everything we had learned on the course into practice.
"Additionally, there have been a number of trips with the course. One that I found very useful was the trip to the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) – through this trip I learnt a lot about sustainable technology and more so, I felt the experience allowed our entire course to bond and become closer as a unit.
Could you tell us more about your placement experience?
"On my placement year I worked at a company called Waldeck Consulting who mainly deal with industrial architecture. During my time with Waldeck Consulting I was worked on jobs to help design new factory areas for Jaguar Land Rover and New York Bagel Company. I was also able to go on site and see the areas I was working on in person, this allowed me to gain a better insight about the job I was asked to do.
Did NTU help you attain your placement?
"NTU helped me improve my CV and portfolio which lead to me getting my placement. I applied to Waldeck Consulting after the company was suggested by one of my lectures who had previously worked for them. I was the first placement student they had employed so it was a new experience for both myself and the company.
What was the most interesting and enjoyable aspect of your placement?
"The most interesting and enjoyable aspect of my placement was being able to work on live projects rather than theoretical projects. This opportunity allowed me to see possible problems before they occurred and I could then adapt the design to avoid issues. These are skills I can now apply in my final year at NTU and when I start my working career.
What skills have you gained through completing your placement and how will these help you in the future?
"I've gained the skills to work better under time pressures and the ability to be critical of my own work – this ensures that I will complete accurate work that is of a high standard for future clients and their requirements.
"My year in industry has been invaluable, I now have real experience of the industry that I want to work in, and will be able to demonstrate to future employers that coupled with experience, I also have a good understanding of the industry expectations.
What advice would you give to prospective students considering your course?
"I would advise that they go for it – the lecturers are great and will give you everything you need to succeed on the course. The structure of the course is well balanced and every module links into the next, this helps you understand the relevance of each area of both the design and construction industry."