"There is high demand for civil engineers, so it's important to think practically about how your knowledge will be applied. Get comfortable solving difficult engineering problems."
What made you choose Surrey for your masters?
I was attracted to the MSc Bridge Engineering because it's the only masters programme in Europe that specialises in this field. In addition to the modules related to bridge design, I found the Construction Management and Asset Management modules to be particularly helpful in developing a more strategic understanding of my profession.
What are your strongest memories?
I have fond memories of the University campus, especially the library which became like a second home to me. Additionally, there was a time I was in Ukraine during my second semester when the war had started. My family there needed my care and I started to think about abandoning my studies. Thanks to the invaluable support I received from Dr Boulent Imam and my supervisor Dr Juan Sagaseta, I was able to continue my studies online and return to the University in time for my exams.
What do you do now?
I currently work as a Senior Civil Engineer at Amey, where I am responsible for maintaining three large bridges: the M48 Severn Bridge, the M4 Prince of Wales Bridge and the M5 Avonmouth Bridge. I find working on these unique structures to be incredibly fascinating, particularly when conducting structural assessments.
Although I already had a clear idea of my career goals prior to enrolling at Surrey, the knowledge I gained from my course certainly helped to advance my career.
What advice do you have for current students?
There is high demand for civil engineers, so it's important to think practically about how your knowledge will be applied. Get comfortable solving difficult engineering problems, and research the specific requirements for the job you want. Whether it's experience with certain software or soft skills, develop the qualities necessary to succeed. Incorporate relevant keywords into your CV and be sure to present yourself professionally during interviews.
When it comes to student life at Surrey, it’s important to enjoy your time off, whether that’s participating in sports or exploring new places every weekend. Take advantage of being in close proximity to London. Visit the British Museum! If you are an international student, consider joining Friends International to connect with local people and have fun socialising. Make the most of your time as a student and have a well-rounded experience.
Find out more about our masters courses in civil and environmental engineering.