Desco Talks Careers at Newcastle Construction Week

Desco engineer Rachael Smith took some time away from her design work this week, to give students an insight into MEP engineering, as part of a special week-long programme of events focussed on careers in the construction industry.

Newcastle Construction Week has been organised to promote construction as a rewarding and dynamic industry to work in, and to showcase the various job roles and opportunities available. It is being backed by a host of businesses and education providers, including Gateshead, Newcastle and TyneMet Colleges, Newcastle and Northumbria Universities, CITB and the PlanBEE initiative.

Rachael was one of a panel of engineers, architects and property consultants that spent a day with students, eager to gather information about career opportunities.

Around 150 students ranging in age from 12 to 19 got the chance to chat with Rachael and her built environment colleagues about their jobs, during a fast-paced session, hosted in the style of ‘speed-dating’. Each group of youngsters was allowed four minutes with each member of the professional team, to quiz them on what they do, their companies and job prospects.

Rachael was able to share her own experiences with the students, explaining how she started as a trainee with Desco whilst studying part time, gained work experience, completed her degree and became a fully-qualified engineer, leading her own design projects.

As well as providing an opportunity to meet the business professionals and potential recruiters, the broad range of Newcastle Construction Week events also offered participants the chance to take part in practical workshops, site visits and mock interviews.

Images show Desco’s Rachael Smith alongside property and construction colleagues from FaulknerBrowns, Castle Building Services, Knight Frank and Cushman and Wakefield.

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