Michelle Walsh from New Ross, Co. Wexford, is a long way from home!
The third year WIT Quantity Surveying student is currently on industrial placement with Kentz in the Middle East.
“I originally chose WIT as my preference due to its great reputation in Quantity Surveying, but also because of how close it was to home. Today, you’ll find me in Qatar, over 5,000 kilometres from Ireland and having the most rewarding learning experience ever.”
Michelle was working in the construction industry when she decided to return to full time education and gain a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Quantity Surveying.
“Having worked in the construction industry I had many colleagues who were WIT graduates of the Quantity Surveying and Construction Management courses. They all secured great positions in the industry, so I have seen first-hand the opportunities that are available from this course.”
With an eye on her future prospects Michelle is confident that a degree in Quantity Surveying will yield the best career results.
“WIT is linked with many varied construction and engineering companies both in Ireland and abroad. Being a student in Quantity Surveying in WIT, I have had the opportunity to gain practical industry experience in the Oil & Gas sector in the Middle East.”
“It has advanced my skills accumulated in the classroom and accelerated my career in Quantity Surveying. I would highly recommend this course. It will equip me with the required expertise to work as a Professional Quantity Surveyor. The job prospects are good, and having completed an eight month Industrial Placement means that I will be in high demand from employers upon graduating.”
As invaluable as Michelle’s work experience has been, the academic element of the course is just as interesting and engaging. Michelle says, “Not only does my course entail an interesting array of modules, the subjects are taught in a way which gears the student to think independently. The lecturers are experts in their field, have fantastic industry experience and provide stimulating lectures. Their encouragement and genuine interest in the student's development, potential and career is remarkable.”
“I am honored to be a student of WIT’s School of Engineering, which is dedicated to advanced research and constantly keeps up with industry trends and practices. It means that as a graduate, I not only enter the QS world with excellent core traditional Quantity Surveying skills but also with competencies pertaining to most up-to-date ICT processes and requirements, fundamental to our current and future Construction Industry.”
Coming from a sporting family, the opportunity to avail of the many great sports clubs that WIT offers was also a big draw for Michelle in choosing where to study. This proved to be an added bonus as Michelle got to play Gaelic football with Qatar GAA.
The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Quantity Surveying is designed to produce graduates who can successfully operate as professional quantity surveyors and costs consultants in the future Irish and global construction industry. Each student will also complete a 30 week industrial placement to gain practical, insightful and relevant experience in quantity surveying.
To find out more about The Bachelor of Science (Hons) Quantity Surveying visit www.wit.ie/wd162
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