11th March 2022

NCW2022 – Meet Kezia Agulanna, Placement Student

What is your role?

I’m a placement student from the University of Bath.

Describe your job in three words?

PPE, paperwork, site visits.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy being involved in the dynamic problem-solving within my team. Though there is a general thing we do (piling), each site is different, and we can encounter different ground properties. It’s interesting to see how people come up with solutions when problems are encountered. It enables me to learn on the job.

What skills do you need to succeed in your role?

Problem-solving, interpersonal skills, being able to relate with others, meticulousness. Also, be ready to learn, be eager to ask questions.

What education or training do you need for your role?

A general IT knowledge, PTS (Personal Track Safety) training.

What does an average week look like for you?

A typical day for me involves me:

  • Going through shift reports and chasing up the lads that were on-site if information is missing,
  • Going through Close Call reports,
  • Ordering PPE,
  • Going through the documentation for certain projects,
  • Doing some self-study.
  • Also, making coffee for the lads.

Why did you choose a career in construction?

I have always been fascinated by construction/structures. It is impressive, to me, that an idea on a piece of paper with a spice of mathematics, and physics, can bring about a structure that has a long lifespan and be beneficial to humankind.

What is one thing you’ve learnt about the industry, which surprised you?

The innovative techniques.

Tell us about your career journey so far?

This is the beginning of my career, and so far, I must say that it has been enlightening.

What advice would you give to somebody looking to get into the industry?

Have a curious and open mind.

What are your career aspirations?

To be a renowned engineer who has contributed to projects across the globe.

Do you feel like you’re making a difference in your job?

Yes, I do.

What advice would you give a woman who is wanting to get into construction?

Do not get intimidated. I believe that being in this field has nothing to do with your gender. It’s about skills, passion, and grit.

What is the best bit of advice you have for someone looking to move into this role?

Believe in yourself and be open to feedback in order to develop.

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