Civil engineering students and professionals meet at City speed networking event
City University London recently organised a first-of-its-kind speed networking event, enabling its civil engineering undergraduates to meet practising professionals and find out more about the range of roles available to them in industry.
More than 60 students were able to talk to civil engineers at varying stages of their careers from 19 companies. This offered the students an insight into the activities and responsibilities they will experience in the workplace, as well as the opportunity to network with potential employers and placement providers.
Dr Sarah Stallebrass, Assistant Dean of Civil Engineering at City, says: "The University has a strong reputation for graduate employability and events such as this help us to maintain that. Being able to meet professional engineers and discuss current industry trends will undoubtedly give our students the edge when they seek work experience or graduate roles."
The event was organised by City's civil engineering team and Professional Liaison Unit, which supports both students and employers through the process of undertaking or providing placements, internships and work-based learning.
It received extremely positive reviews from students. One commented: "A lot of the representatives were recent graduates, therefore empathised with us and told us which qualities employers look for. We also found out what most of them do regularly and what we can expect in the workplace, both as graduates and when we progress."
Another added: "I had already applied for summer placements with two companies that attended the event and meeting their engineers allowed me to subtly ask questions about their companies. I also spoke to many companies that I would never have thought about applying to before, but now I will definitely consider them."
Arup's Sam Isaacs, one of the professional civil engineers at the event, concluded: "It was a pleasure to get involved. The students seemed very well-placed and eager to rise to the challenge of obtaining that first post-graduation position."
The other participating companies were Alan Baxter Associates, Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering, Balfour Beatty Ltd, Buro Happold Ltd, Clancy Consulting, Donaldson Associates, Jacobs, Laing O'Rourke, MLM Consulting Engineers, QED Structures, RKD, Rodgers Leask, Royal Haskoning, Skanska Building London and South East, Skanska Civil Engineering and WSP Group Plc.