The course at NTU was very practical – we always had live projects where we worked directly with clients, conducted site visits and did critical presentations.
More about Shraddha
What did you enjoy most about your course at NTU?
“The course at NTU was very practical – we always had live projects where we worked directly with clients, conducted site visits and did critical presentations. This massively helped me develop my building surveying skills and hone strong interpersonal skills. At NTU, we were also encouraged to work in interdisciplinary groups. This was a very important skill to have in the industry, because you never just work with architects or ATS or interiors. It is always a collaborative effort.
How did NTU help you to secure your graduate role?
“At the end of my final year, we were asked to display our research and design proposals for our projects to various architectural firms that the NTU employability team had invited to the university. During the industrial night, we got the opportunity to network with architects and HR managers from the construction industry, which is when I met with Russel Ward who is a Senior Associate Director at Benoy. He commended me for the thinking process behind my design proposal and invited me for an interview. That is how I managed to get my current role.
Tell us about your current position
“I work as an Architectural Consultant. My typical day involves me working in collaboration with architects and technologists to help to develop schemes from initial concept through to delivery.
“I have had the opportunity to work on some great schemes in the UK and Europe over the past 18 months at Benoy. Examples include the City2 mall in Brussels, a project in Oslo, Preston Markets Quarter and Broadmarsh in Nottingham. Through my course, I gained extensive knowledge in technical detailing and using softwares such as Photoshop, AutoCAD and REVIT. I utilise these skills now on a daily basis while working on projects and to execute the company’s Building Information Modelling strategy.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
“ASK QUESTIONS! Whether you are at university, on placement or in your first graduate job, don’t be afraid to ask questions. You are not expected to know everything – you do a placement or attend university to learn, and by being proactive and inquisitive, you can increase your knowledge.
“To all international students who come to the UK, I would say that if you want to work in the UK after you finish your course, you need to start preparing from day one. You cannot wait until the end of your course and expect to find a job in a month. Involve yourself in local community projects and university events. Build contacts by attending networking days organised by university and signing up to societies that organise events related to your professional field. Any experience that shows you can work well within a team and communicate with people from different backgrounds is an advantage."