Last Friday we said goodbye to our Summer Placement student, Cameron MacKenzie, who has spent the last three months working as part of the Pre-Construction team at the Waterbeach office. Cameron is returning to the University of Loughborough to complete his final year studying Architectural Engineering and Design Management. Here’s what he had to say about his time here:
“As an Assistant Design Manager at Kier Eastern, I have completed two summer programmes either side of my second year attending Loughborough University (studying Architectural Engineering and Design Management). This has totalled six months of experience, where I have been exposed to a wide range of activities including; working as part of the pre-construction team to assist a Senior Design Manager, Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor on a new build office in central Cambridge. In addition, I also spent time assisting a Design Manager and Bid Manager with new tenders, producing Desk Top Studies for Managing Design Managers and creating visual aids for business activities.
Throughout all of these undertakings, I have developed my understanding of industry job roles and how these interact and link together. Additionally, I have been exposed to the procedures and programme which guide the tendering and pre-construction phases, allowing me to gain new perspective on the theory which is taught at University – plus a selection of topics which are not taught at all! This has given me insight into which areas of the business interest me, as well as a more holistic view of the industry.
Learning aside, the best part of my time at Kier has been making friends with office colleagues and being surrounded by industry experts – who are always willing to answer questions and offer guidance. I have also enjoyed visiting some of Kier’s live sites – including Kier Eastern’s flagship project ‘Capella’ – which has supported my understanding of some of the more practical elements of construction.
Spending my summers with Kier has been highly beneficial for my academic performance and professional and personal development – giving me the edge to launch into a graduate career that is filled with possibility. And for students reading, it doesn’t hurt the bank balance either – it’s a no brainer!”