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Sean Chiang Chun Chua

Career Path: Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Mott MacDonald
Location: Birmingham, UK

I always have a great interest in Mathematics and Construction and therefore I chose to do a degree in Quantity Surveying as the career prospects are very bright as you are able to work on different things after you graduate.

Sean Chiang Chun Chua

What are you doing now?

I am currently working on HS2 Project Phase 2B alongside with our Joint Venture company WSP. I am currently working as a change control professional in dealing with Contract Adminstration NEC PSC contract and Project Controls. I have also developed extensive knowledge in Value Management and Risk Management within a year of graduation working on this mega infrastructure for the UK.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

Its location, affordability and the close distances to everywhere. It has a great reputation in delivering QS degree course as well.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Yes I enjoyed my 4 years at Northumbria. it's a mixture of seminar, lectures and also case study project where you get to work alongside with people you never talked before. It was interesting as the lecturers are always up to date with the current trend within the construction industry.

How connected was your course with industry?

I did a placement year in both Consulting and Contracting environment. I had gained a lot of experience in post contract i.e. cost control,budgeting, pricing variations, application for payment and valuations. There are also visiting lecturers from the industry who are very experienced in sharing their experience to the students in the class.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

Placement year did helped me in understanding better in terms of the modules that I have studied. This includes first principle estimating, understanding the construction law and interpreting the legal clauses within the contract document. It helps my studies in my final year as I have a better grasp on the module that has been delivered by the lecturers.

What was the best thing about your course?

The people are awesome. I have met a diverse range of people within my course.

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

Yes it does. I am currently working in one of the biggest consultancy company in the UK and my degree obviously provided me a competitive edge as the module delivered are always in par with the industry.

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

Time management, critical thinking, logical thinking and communication.

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

I enjoyed playing badminton with my peers in Northumbria Sport Hall.

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

If you are looking to study a built environment course in Northumrbia, do go for it as they have greatly reputable and experience and will obviously give you the knowledge to compete in this competitive industry!

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

Fun, memorable and cheerful!

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