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ACCESS

ACCESS 2018

Awareness of Careers in Civil Engineering for Second year Students

CEG Masthead ACCESS 2016

Each year, our Stage 2 Civil Engineering students get the chance to meet engineering professionals. Experts from many of our industrial partners provide students with an insight into the sector. The event gives students opportunities to advance their employment prospects through placements and graduate vacancies.

Twenty-five of our industry partners attended this year’s event, held in the Great North Museum: Hancock. Northumbrian Water Group, BT Bell, Nexus, Komatsu, Network Rail, Cundall, and Bowmer & Kirkland were amongst those showcasing their businesses to over 100 Stage 2 Civil Engineering students.

Currently in its fourth year, the event has become a fundamental component of our Civil Engineering programme.

Industrial Liaison Manager and Event Lead Karen Allenby spoke of the benefits of the event for students:

  • “This event brings together our substantial Civil Engineering industry network with our students in a way that offers them insight. It provides them with the ability to connect with professionals from whom they can learn. Many of our undergraduates will become employees of the businesses exhibiting at ACCESS. For some, it's their first step on the career pathway. We intend to develop this event across multiple disciplines in the School of Engineering, to ensure that as many students as possible have this experience.”

ACCESS 2018 gave our students an ideal opportunity to engage and interact with industry professionals. It provided them with the knowledge and insight to make decisions about their future careers.

The event also benefits our industrial partners. They return each year to network with potential future employees. They promote their businesses and encourage students to apply for the many placement and graduate opportunities that they offer. Francesca Madden from Esh-MWH said:

  • “There are a lot of jobs that you wouldn’t expect to be associated with Civil Engineering, and a lot of jobs that people are unaware of. It’s great to come to events like this and attract the younger generation and show them the opportunities that are available.”

The students enjoyed the event and benefited from it in many ways. Speaking about the highlights of the event, our Stage 2 students said:

  • “Events like ACCESS enable me to talk to different companies and establish industry contacts.”

Sally Watt (BEng Civil Engineering) said:

  • “ACCESS helped me understand what companies want from potential employees.”

Joe Lazenby (BEng Civil Engineering) said:

  • “ACCESS gave me an opportunity to network with potential employers and find out the best way to gain a placement.”

Find out more about our Undergraduate Civil Engineering programmes.


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