Meet Aimee, one of our HNC Construction Management students who tells us all about her part time course at Moulton.
Hi Aimee. Thanks for chatting to us. So you’re working full time in the construction sector, and studying a degree on the side too…how do you fit it all in?!
Hiya. That’s right! I’m not entirely sure to be honest, but the combination of paid work and studying actually suits me perfectly. I’m really privileged to be able to do both.
What made you decide to study whilst working?
When I joined Fed3 projects – a Project Management Consultancy company, my Director advised me that the company wanted to fund me to study a degree course in Construction Management. I instantly jumped at the chance. I think for career development, it is important to continue to learn and better yourself, especially if you want to progress within the industry which I do.
And what do you do in your role at Fed3 Projects?
I am an Assistant Project Manager at the company and help with the delivery of a whole range of builds within the healthcare sector, from residential care homes to school projects.
I assist in managing projects from construction to completion, and work with the Design Team, contractors and other stakeholders through the various project stages.
And College? What does a typical day look like?
We usually have four lecture periods scheduled each day, and sometimes we’re allocated self-study sessions where we can work individually or with others if we’re working on a group assignment. The lecturers are flexible; they take on board the students’ preferences and adapt the lectures according to what our class requires. It’s great.
Can you give any examples of how you’ve brought your skills at College back to the workplace?
Everything that I am learning at Moulton applies to my role at Fed3. For example, the subjects we cover at College involve Project Management, Planning Applications, Tendering, Construction Technology - all useful in helping me to fulfil my role as Assistant Project Manager.
If I had to pick particular units, I’d say ‘Construction Technology’ and ‘Science and Materials’ have been especially helpful when visiting sites for inspection at Fed3. The improved knowledge I’ve had from studying these units has meant I can identify different materials on site and gain a better understanding of the construction methods used.
The lack of women in construction has been something the industry has tried to address for a while – do you think things are changing for women in this industry?
Yes I do think things are changing. Although it is a predominately male industry there are definitely more woman working in Construction now than there used to be. I personally haven’t felt any prejudice as a woman and I think that we should make choices based on what we are passionate about regardless of the industry stereotype. Construction is an exciting industry to be a part of. My days are never the same, I get to travel to different sites, attend meetings and meet many new people.
What’s the best part about studying at Moulton?
My fellow students and my lecturers make learning fun and I genuinely enjoy attending College and being in lectures.
What’s been your funniest moment at College?
I couldn’t pick one. We always have a lot of fun and laughs with our lecturers in-between classes.
Do you have a motto you like to live by?
Always strive to better yourself in all aspects of life.
Do you have a favourite lecturer?
Bruce Leathers and Gary Wilson are my course lecturers and I couldn’t choose a favourite. They are both very supportive, friendly and I enjoy both of their lectures.
Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I am a twin which I absolutely love! I am two minutes older.
Thanks so much Aimee!