What was your dream job as a child, and what is your dream job now?
To be a pilot, now I work in restoration, where I put together pricing for projects that include palaces, cathedrals, and many varying historical buildings.
Why did you choose the Kent Business School?
I chose Kent Business School because of the facilities and the industry connections; I was able to meet many people from different backgrounds. But mainly I chose to study here because of the Year in Industry options, which other universities didn’t offer at the time.
What are some of your favourite memories, achievements, and experiences?
One of my favourite memories is coming to university and meeting people from out of my hometown. My best achievement was being able to get the Medway Campus back on the map through the student reps programme, ensuring that students can feel part of Kent and become more active within the University itself.
What have you been up to since graduating?
After Graduating, I went straight into work. I have kept in touch with my university friends and still head out. Coming into work, I have managed to develop my professional network for people from all backgrounds and ages.
What does your role involve? What do you like about it the most, and what are the most challenging aspects?
My job involves going out to site, seeing what works are required, assessing this, and putting together a budget cost to go out to tender. I enjoy seeing the historical buildings and the places that the general public don’t usually get to see. The most challenging part is understanding the full scope of works required, as you know full well that when you start one thing more issues arise that you were never aware of.
How do you apply the knowledge and skills you gained during your studies in your job, and what career advice would you give students and fellow alumni?
There is a huge variety in the day-to-day job. Coming from University, where I had to apply different skills to different modules which switch every three months, has allowed me to be able to switch and apply different skills to different tasks and projects easily.
What are your future plans / aspirations?
Hopefully to progress within the company, following the path to either a Senior Estimator or move towards running my own projects on site as a Project Manager. However, being at this stage with a variety of tools gained from academia, I am happy to see where my career progresses.
What advice would you give to current students doing your course?
Definitely do a year in industry and make sure you make the most of your time on campus, you’ll regret it afterwards if you don’t. Go out and enjoy yourself before the real work starts.