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One to watch: James Robinson SMCIOB

The graduate civil/structural engineer at Invvu is also a huge football fan
James Robinson, graduate civil/structural engineer, Invvu

Why have you chosen construction as a career?

When I was 15 years old I did work experience in a design consultancy. I loved this experience, and it cemented my desire to become a civil engineer and work in construction. From there I aimed for studying a master’s in civil engineering at university, and never really looked back. I’m now in my fourth year studying towards an MEng in Civil Engineering (with a placement year) at the University of Bath and thoroughly enjoying it.

You have worked while studying for your degree. How have you found that?

Challenging at times, but generally manageable and rewarding. I did my full-time paid placement year at Invvu and, off the back of this, I now work remotely part-time for them. I cannot express enough how grateful I am to Invvu for the opportunity to do so; it’s fantastic to continue earning some money to supplement my student life in a way that is also relevant to my chosen career path.

You are active with the CIOB, including the recent student festival. Why?

I became properly aware of the CIOB’s involvement in the industry during my placement year. I attended lots of Maidstone CPD events – I was living quite far from home so it was nice to get out, network with new people and enjoy an interesting talk. I was subsequently invited to become a committee member on the Maidstone Hub Novus committee. It’s nice to play an active role in supporting fellow students.

What role would you like?

I’d like to start out as a civil/structural engineer for a design consultancy and then work towards securing chartership status with the ICE and the CIOB. I can see myself taking up a management role at some stage.

How do you spend your spare time?

I’m a huge football fan. I currently play in a local six-a-side league and for the university’s Architecture & Civil Engineering department. I’ve always loved cycling as well, and I used to cycle competitively too.

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