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Charalambos Hadjiloizou

Where are you doing now?

I currently work for a cost consultant which is one of the largest in the Middle East.  I deal with the post-contract aspect of construction which is equally as demanding as post-contract works.

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

The fact that I graduated from a respectable university such as Northumbria made my CV stand out from the rest.  We were taught not only about the costing of a project but also how the construction industry functions as a whole. This gave me an advantage as all aspects of construction were covered.

What was the best thing about your course?

Diverse. I don't think there is a course other than quantity surveying which covers such a wide range of topics related to the built environment.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

My professors left a positive impact as they had previously worked with construction companies and they had hands-on experience of the teaching materials.

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

Deadlines for assignments were non-negotiable.  This taught me to be on time, stick to deadlines and deliver on time a top quality product.  A career in the construction industry requires one to be punctual, respect the client and deliver a final product which at the end of the day reflects well on one's company and own self.

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

Newcastle is a student city and having the University located so close to town was an advantage.  The staff and teachers at Northumbria were always on hand for any help the students needed - whether course assistance or personal support.

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

The best part about studying at Northumbria is the people.  Everyone is friendly and willing to help if you are willing to proceed in your career and show interest in what you are doing.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Exciting - Beautiful - Safe

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