Daisy Kyle, a Building Surveying BSc(Hons) student, has secured a job thanks to her placement in Los Angeles. Here she talks about the experience and about her time at the University of Brighton.
Thanks to my placement, I now have a graduate job…
My year’s placement in Los Angeles working for Alan and Green, a boutique firm specialising in high-end residential construction projects, was an incredible opportunity. I worked on a number of interesting projects including one for the property developer of a 25,000 sq ft Beverly Hills mansion that later sold for $46.5m.
MSc student, Moe Mahmoud, completed his final year project funded by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) through the MSc Research Grants Scheme. His poster has been published on the IstructE website: link
The University of Brighton Academies Trust in partnership with the University of Brighton is offering paid internships in four Sussex secondary schools for 4-weeks this summer. This opportunity could help you gain valuable experience teaching maths or physics if you are considering teaching as a career.
As an intern you will be paid £300 a week and you can apply for this opportunity if you are in the penultimate year of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) subject undergraduate degree.
Activities may include working with experienced teachers on planning, shadowing and lesson observations; helping plan and deliver lessons; running projects and master classes for pupils and providing small group support for pupils.
The internship offers:
• Hands on experience in a school for 4-weeks from mid-June to mid-July 2018
• The opportunity to earn while you learn. You will be paid £300 a week
• Full support from a dedicated mentor and support from subject teacher in your school
• The chance to experience mathematics or physics teaching before you commit to it as a career.
BSc (Hons) Project Management for Construction
“The year-out placement was a great decision! Taking on the role of Trainee Construction Manager with UC Build, I have improved my skills and already moved a step up in the construction industry. I have been a member of the UC Build Project Construction Management Team and really learned how to communicate with others regarding the job and increased my knowledge greatly. Working on different projects, including Waitrose in Haywards Heath and Capital Space Office Blocks in Kent, has been invaluable. I highly recommend every student not to miss the opportunity of a sandwich-year placement and to update their CV with such an unforgettable experience in life.”
“Taking a year out on placement is the best decision I have ever made in my path towards becoming an engineer. Working with Transport for London (TFL), not only have I gained valuable experience and training, but have been able to make significant progress into my professional development, signing off a quarter of the attributes required to become a Chartered Engineer and producing evidence for attaining EngTech status at the end of my placement year. I’d say my main take away from this experience is to trust my ability to handle responsibility. When I first started I was nervous about having ownership of a project; now I have managed, or am currently managing, 7 projects with long term impacts and deliverables.”
Final year MEng student Scarlett, talks about her experience of life as a Civil Engineering student at Brighton.
I visited Brighton on my 18th birthday and I just knew I had to live here! It’s such a fun, vibrant city, there’s something for everyone. I chose Civil Engineering as I have always had an interest in building, structure and architecture. Although architecture really appeals to me, I wanted to understand how structures stood up, how they worked, and why.
I would recommend this course to anyone who wants a rewarding degree. I also wanted to choose a degree that would have a good chance of a job at the end of the course and Civil Engineers are in high demand. In the Masters year, your modules are completely optional. This year I am recreating Roman Concrete for my final year project and it is very interesting and I am enjoying managing my own time and getting messy in the labs. In the second year, we had a Civil Engineering and Built Environment trip to Berlin which was a lot of fun!
For my placement year, I used the careers service who were particularly helpful, they suggested improvements for my CV and interview techniques. My placement was with a structural engineering company called Hockley and Dawson, working as a Student Structural Engineer/ CAD technician.
For the first few months I was mainly creating drawings on AutoCAD for the engineers, which were then sent on to architects or the contractors. As my confidence grew, I began to attend site visits and monitor old, often listed buildings, taking photographs and measurements to use back in the office. I also carried out a few small extension and pile load calculations. The site visits were really beneficial as they made all the theory I had learnt at university make a lot more sense, being able to see it in “real-life”.
I would say that Brighton is a fabulous place to be and you will not regret it! As for Civil Engineering, it is a very interesting and stimulating course that keeps you on your toes. The world is always developing and changing and that’s what Civil Engineers are for.
Students studying subjects including Architecture, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Building Surveying, Urban Planning, are invited to the Built Environment and Civil Engineering careers fair on Friday 2 December. Come along to Cockcroft Hall between 1-3 and find out about placements, part-time work graduate opportunities and more.
It’s a great opportunity to talk to recruiters, academics, Brighton graduates and careers advisors all in one place. Dozens of employers will be there – you’ll find the full list here.
My placement is at BuroFour in Angel, Islington (London). I heard about the company from a presentation given to us by a senior project manager at BuroFour, who is a University of Brighton graduate. The placement office gave extensive support, they gave advice on my CV and cover letter and they helped me with the interview, by giving advice about questions and things like dress code (which without them I would have gotten wrong!).
My lecturer has come to see me, she went above and beyond as she visited me all the way up in Birmingham and met me and my project manager which I thought was very thoughtful.
I am really enjoying my placement. They put me through a lot of company training for Project Management, Design Management and Programme management. I have also done some Bid and Marketing Coordination. Twice a week I spend a lot of time on a construction site, monitoring construction work. I have to liaise with colleagues as well as industry professionals in this role to make sure the work is the right quality as we are a client based Project Management organisation.
I now have a better understanding of the building fabric and how a building is constructed as opposed to just the theory. It has helped me make my mind up about my career and made me more determined when I get back to uni to get a really good degree.
I am loving my placement! I am learning so much as I have had the opportunity to work on so many different projects. The company is amazing! its growing so much and has such a diverse amount of workI am lucky to have the opportunity to learn from experienced architects who are so willing to teach me new things.
My placement involves working on a variety of construction work, from extensions to a whole house renovation. I have been able to design extensions, survey clients’ houses and provide detailed drawings for building regulations. What I have learnt at university has helped me on my placement but due to the nature of my course there is a lot you learn in practice and that is why i would highly recommend a placement to any student studying my course.
I have had great support from the university, my course leader has come into the office to see how things are going and send emails to ensure I am doing okay on placement.
I know I want to continue in this field and even continue to do a masters degree in another construction related subject.
Janet Osei-Berchie is studying Architectural Technology BSc(Hons) and is currently on placement at local company ARCH angels Architects.