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Louis Calpin

Career Path: Assistant Site Manager, McCarthy & Stone
Location: York, UK

I come from York, my father has his own construction firm, so I have developed an interest in the industry having grown up with it. I have gained various on site experience over the years prior to coming to university, and earned the relevant grade in school and college to allow me to study it further at Northumbria.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Studying at Northumbria allowed me to take a broader view of the construction industry as a whole, rather than focusing on one area. It has enabled me to understand how the industry works, and has given me insight into what's on the horizon, for instance the introduction of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and how it shall really make the industry more efficient. Learning the BIM skills at university has given my career an edge as many professionals within the industry have no understanding of BIM, and as BIM is being introduced more and more there is a growing requirement for those with the skills.

What was the best thing about your course?

The course provided various methods of teaching, whether this was through lectures, seminars, lab sessions, site visits, or placements, all were extremely beneficial in enhancing my learning experience.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

At the University, it would be difficult to pick "the most inspiring"; this is because they are all inspiring, each having their own fortés, and being leading professionals within their own fields. The University and the students are lucky to have them.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now/throughout your career?

The Construction Technology module has been very beneficial, especially on my placement year as it gave me a greater understanding of how various things are done on site. The Management modules also gave me the ability to inform people on what to do, and if it was wrong how to react to get it fixed.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The environment, it was an extremely friendly university, in a great city!

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Go for it! Make the most of your 3 years there, try hard in university, join a sports team or a social club, and meet people.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Rewarding four years.

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