International Construction Management day afforded current students within the department to meet with employers from different parts of the industry.
The Department of the Built Environment recently hosted its 9th annual International Construction Management day in collaboration with the Chartered Institute of Building. The event consisted of a breakfast briefing for employers, keynote talks for students and a Built Environment careers fair.
Twenty-five leading Irish companies participated in the event from a diverse range of built environment sectors including; building & civil engineering contractors, engineering consultants, mechanical & electrical contractors, quantity surveying practices, multidisciplinary consultants and building services engineers. During the breakfast briefing, Head of the Department of the Built Environment, Dr. Derek Sinnott, spoke to the companies about the range of activities which the Department undertakes. These include: undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, industrial placement and graduate employment, and opportunities for increased collaboration between WIT and industry.
In his keynote address Dermot Reidy, a Senior Development Adviser with Enterprise Ireland, spoke about how many Irish construction companies have globalised their operations. With Enterprise Ireland’s assistance, these companies have taken a long-term strategic view of their business and now have a strong pipeline of work with blue chip clients across the globe. This places the industry in a very healthy position, particularly in the context of continuing global economic uncertainty.
Richard Murphy talked about his journey from graduating with a degree in Construction Economics at WIT in 2007, continuing his studies in Scotland, working as a Quantity Surveyor in Ireland and Australia, through to the establishment of Zevo Health in 2014. Recognising the growing importance of having a healthy workforce, Richard setup Zevo Health to assist companies in delivering workplace wellness programmes for their employees.
Offering advice to the students about their careers, both Dermot and Richard reinforced the importance of thinking strategically and having a sound career plan, managing your own expectations and those of your employer, being mindful of your health and that of others, and understanding the industry and associated opportunities available.
The careers fair afforded current students within the department to meet with employers from different parts of the industry. With the construction sector buoyant in Ireland and overseas, there are many opportunities for graduate employment, as well as work experience for students going on placement. In participating in the event, the students also gained valuable experience in preparing their CVs, and networking & promoting themselves with employers.
Dr. Brian Graham, course leader of the undergraduate Construction Management programmes in WIT, noted the great sense of positivity around the construction industry at present, and the wealth of career opportunities available to graduates. He commented, “our programmes have always had a strong focus on delivering graduates that meet the needs of industry; graduates who are hard-working, adaptive and resilient. International Construction Management day is a celebration of all that is good about our industry and sharing the success stories of those who have studied with us. We now offer a full suite of Construction Management programmes at levels 7, 8 & 9, catering for both the traditional full-time undergraduate student and the busy professional who wishes to up-skill on a part-time basis.”