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Terence Renner (BSc Construction Management 2006)

Biography

I took a street masonry apprenticeship when I was 16 which introduced me to building and construction work. Never having the time or inclination to study when I needed to, it was only in my late teens when I realised I needed to improve my education. From the age of 21, I tried to make up for the lost time, culminating in securing a BSc in Construction Management with Honours in 2006.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

Reading offered the ideal course for my experience and as the CEM was associated with
the university, it was quite a prestigious name to boast of as being my study centre.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

Reading University and the CEM lecturers broke down the barriers I 'thought' existed within higher education so that impressed me.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

Evaluate each opportunity and listen to as many opinions as possible before making your own - but make your own judgement call.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I now work for an internationally renowned mining consultancy. The qualification gained at Reading has certainly helped secure the position I hold at the moment with that company.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

There needs to be a balanced blend of practical and theoretical experience, coupled with good skills in dealing with numerous characters from all over the world.

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

Employers always take risks when employing personnel. Having a qualification from Reading CEM reduces that risk significantly for employers, providing increased opportunities.

What are your top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

Expect a 'ground floor' appointment. The position you crave for will come and you will apply - but be prepared to rough it in the ranks first.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

The university means stability, establishment and pride to me. My best memory is that of a heart to heart with a lecturer who gave me good advice on my next step - I took the advice and never regretted it.

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