Questions and answers:
Before you came to Brookes what did you study and where?
I came to university straight from doing A levels in design and technology, physical education, and leisure and recreation. Not courses you usually associate with construction, but I chose A levels that I enjoyed studying.
What made you choose Brookes as a place to study?
I chose Brookes as my place of study because it had an excellent score for teaching and it had good links with the industry. It was also an hour away from home, so far enough away to appreciate university life, but not to far away to pop home for a roast dinner!
What do you think of the course now you're here?
I think that the course tests you fairly well. There is a certain amount of freedom that you don't seem to get in other courses, which puts you under a bit of pressure and prepares you for the industry well.
What are your plans for when you've completed your course, for work or further study?
I have been sponsored through university for year two and four of my course by Leadbitter. They pay my tuition fees and in return I go for a 14 month industrial placement with them, and I have been offered a two year job at the end of my 4th year as a trainee site/project manager.
What are the best bits of studying at Brookes?
The best thing about studying at Brookes is the number of different things that they get you involved in. For me, I found the introduction to CAD, technical drawing and site visits very beneficial.
What advice do you have for others?
If I could do it again I would have liked to have had some experience in the industry before hand. I came straight from doing A levels not really knowing what I had entered into, and not much about construction. Maybe some time on site as a labourer or a 6 week summer placement that some firms offer would have made me understand a lot more in the earlier days of the course. Apart from that just the clichéd saying of; the more you put in the more you get out.