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"My supervisor was a great mentor and within nine months I was able to personally manage sections of the build, including furniture, fixtures and equipment package."
I studied Civil Engineering at the University of Liverpool and took a summer work placement at Kier Northern, in the design and build department, where I shadowed a structural design manager for 12 weeks. The following summer placement was on site working with a site engineer in Bolton. After graduating with a masters I willingly accepted a permanent position at Kier Northern.
Starting as a graduate site engineer on a £24 million school academy in Ellesmere Port, I worked alongside the senior site engineer, assistant managing the external works package. My supervisor was a great mentor and within nine months I was able to personally manage sections of the build, including furniture, fixtures and equipment package.
I then joined the planning department of the Liverpool office for three months, developing organisational skills, the ability to use programming software to effectively manage resources, and develop site logistic plans with 3D visuals. I was given the opportunity to manage the refurbishment of a mental health hospital, a project with many challenging aspects.
As part of my professional development towards Chartership, I asked to work in a design office. Kier Professional Services have a department in the Speke Office and so a six-month secondment was arranged for me to work for as an assistant temporary works design engineer. I developed vital skills to use on future projects, and am currently working on two projects as an assistant site manager.
I'm aiming to become a good 'all-rounder', with skills from the numerous fields of the construction industry. I really enjoy the collaborative nature of working in various teams, and being called on to engage diplomacy when necessary. I also enjoy helping others to develop their careers, assisting with college work, and mentoring younger colleagues and apprentices.