Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering

I decided to pick Civil Engineering because
when I was younger my favourite toy was Lego. I really enjoyed it and I wanted to grow up
and build the slightly bigger versions and I really enjoy construction and consulting
and all that sort of, the work that goes into that, you know, the designing aspect, the
drawings, the being on site, all that sort of thing. I think I chose to do Civil Engineering because
it was a problem solving kind of subject and I’d taken Maths and Physics at A-level and
I really enjoyed the applied aspects of the Maths in the Physics. So when I came to look
at degree subjects it was the perfect solution really. Engineering allows you to use the
skills you learn in Maths and apply it to real world problems and actually make a difference
in the world, especially with Civil Engineering. I was attracted to the University of Birmingham
because at the Open Day all the lecturers were genuinely interested in the subjects,
we were taken round, met a lot of the different subject lecturers such as structures and concrete.
They had a genuine interest which I didn’t find in other Open Days and also the labs
are fantastic. Birmingham University has that great aspect
where it does a lot of project work and with Civil Engineering you’re definitely looking
towards going to a career, it’s not just a degree, it’s a sort of a stepping stone
and with Birmingham it really helped to put you in the right space. So with project work
you’re learning to work as a team, get to know people and it really helped me when I
came to apply for jobs to say that I’ve had the experience of working in a team, especially
with a peer group that works really well to get an idea of how to lead but also to work
with other people. Birmingham also has a great access to the industry and there’s some
really good ties with existing companies in Birmingham with its Respect Scheme and I was
very lucky to get sponsorship through the Respect Scheme in my second year and spent
the summer working with a company and really got some hands-on experience in the industry,
not just sort of the theoretical side with my degree but put that theory into practice.
So it’s been brilliant to have that experience and I’m hoping to be employed by them when
I actually come to graduate. It’s really good to actually be doing some
of the labs for the first and second year rather than spending all your time in a lecture
just taking notes, you actually go out and do some proper labs and do some practical
information. Also socially the intra-league sports teams are really good. You don’t
necessarily have to be the best to get into the university, all the societies have got
intra-league teams, so I really enjoy playing in the hockey and that’s good, it’s a
really good thing to do on Sundays and Wednesdays. Birmingham has a great range of societies
that you can join. There’s a huge number. I lose count of how many there are, probably
over 200 different societies, so there’s something for everyone. In my first year I
became President of the Engineers Without Borders Society which is using my degree,
but in – for developing countries looking into how we can use engineering to aid those
countries that haven’t been so well off such as the UK. It’s one of those societies
that’s a little bit off the norm from just sort of socialising but we actually have a
purpose as well, so it’s been really enjoyable to put my engineering skills to practice.


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    Solomon Sargbah Hooks

    good to watch engineers display their skills and,I wish I could obtain a scholarship there to continue my profession.

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    Syndicate isalegend

    Hi I have a question would really like an answer.
    How is a civil engineering BENG degree assessed? Is there a module exam that we have to pass each term? Or just 1 at the end of each year? and what are the other ways we are examined?

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    vijay simha

    is there any demand for civil engineering in uk because I am planning to go UK for masters and finding out job there.

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