Festival sets students up for career in construction


Potential construction professionals were given two days of advice and inspiration on careers in the industry at the CIOB Student Festival 2022.

Keynote speakers at the virtual event in March were CIOB president Mike Foy, who discussed construction careers, and vice-president Sandi Rhys Jones, who talked about motivation, innovation and self-preservation.

Other inspiring talks were given by: Peter SP Wong of RMIT Melbourne, on virtual reality in education training; Neelam Kaul, careers consultant at Henley Business School, who explained how to ace an interview; and CMYA winner Marc Burton.

Keynote speaker: president Mike Foy
Transition to work

Dr Tim Lees, associate professor at Reading University, discussed making the transition from study to work, while Anjali Pindoria of Avi Contracts really delivered when it came to demystifying EDI. Whitney Bevan from Robert Gordon University gave advice on writing dissertations.

Employers offering advice were Jack Brayford from Kier Group and Zaid Marmash from COBOD, while the CIOB Tomorrow’s Leaders panel passed on early career tips.

2023 Student Festival

Plans for the 2023 Student Festival are already under way. The organisers are looking for contributors who can bring thought leadership and insight into careers in construction from across the globe, as well as anyone able to offer tips and advice to students on learning essentials – such as dissertation tips, how to land a job, student wellbeing and networking.

To support the Student Festival in 2023, as a guest speaker or a supporter, please contact Hassana Ahmed: [email protected].  

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