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Sanaa is an Architect at MAKE Architects in London.
What do you do on a day-to-day basis?
What I do daily can differ hugely. Some days I might be on site with builders inspecting their work, other days I might be making physical or computer models, or involved in workshops with other consultants such as engineers or specialists who can help us achieve our intended design.
What advice would you give to your 16 year old self?
Be curious! Ensure you do as much as you can to further your knowledge. Make sure you have work experience and ask lots of questions!
What made you enrol on the course with Construction Youth Trust?
At school I had focused on Business Management but I didn’t feel that it would lead to a clear career – I didn’t want to qualify and come out of university without a job or clear path
What attracted you to the course?
I thought I might like to try plumbing or engineering but the course gave a really good broad overview of the potential career opportunities in construction.
What are you studying?
I study engineering and love it. I realised from young age that engineering is my passion and the Budding Brunels experience confirmed that.
What were the highlights of your recent work experience placement?
Firstly, it was a great fun. I had the chance to meet some very cool professionals. It was valuable and interesting as I was working for three days on site. Also, I was assigned to help professionals with some important projects, which led to a positive impact to the community. I strongly recommend it to everyone!
Wendy HellerJoiner and Training & Curriculum Development Manager
How did you get into carpentry as a career?
With support from pioneering women in construction, i was able to complete a joinery apprenticeship and forge a career as a site carpenter.
What is a career as a Joiner like?
I've been able to go all over the world including the USA, working as a scenic carpenter for the film and music industry. I also graduated from the London College of Furniture and have made many of my own pieces for various clients.
Beth West Commercial Director HS2Commercial Director
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In her role at HS2 Beth is responsible for all contracts that economists use in their business cases and all things construction.
“We need to think hard about how we work, we make the most out of technology but also keep must keep in mind whether we put time and effort into meeting people”.
Work experience placements are key, the longer the better -