Sean studies BSc (Hons) Construction Management and spent his placement year working on a refurbishment project with McLaughlin & Harvey.
Why did you choose to do a placement year?
The main reason I chose to do a placement was to gain critical industry experience. Not only this, but I believed that having a year on-site and seeing how construction projects work would benefit my final year of studying.
What kind of work have you been doing on your placement?
I have mainly been assisting the site managers on site with their daily roles. A site manager’s role varies from day to day. Some of the main tasks I have completed are assigning labourers to work, presenting site inductions, and completing progress reports for each package.
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How do you think this placement will benefit you in future?
I feel that when I am applying for a graduate job, I will be much more suitable candidate for companies. Not only this, but this placement has built up my confidence to work in the construction industry.
What advice would you give to future students thinking of undertaking a placement year?
Do one. A year of learning in your industry is extremely beneficial to your studies and future career. I have learnt so much whilst on placement and have built good relationships with established people within the industry. Don’t be worried about making mistakes. Be confident in everything you do. Your company are not expecting you to be perfect, just be enthusiastic and keen to learn.