Mark Webster

Mark is a Project Manager at Sensum Group in Melbourne, Australia.

BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering, 2018

What do you get up to on a day to day basis, and what are you responsible for in the longer-term?

I work for a client-side project management consultancy, where I manage the delivery of projects installing new permanent modular buildings in schools on behalf of the Victorian School Building Authority in Melbourne.

What positive impact does your role have / who does your role positively impact?

The projects I deliver benefit school children and wider communities throughout the state who are provided with excellent new school buildings.

Tell us a wee bit about your journey to this position since leaving Abertay.

My 3rd year placement led to a full-time job straight after my graduation, where I worked as a site engineer for a construction contractor for about 18 months. In that role I generally did more management work than engineering and my project manager suggested that project management might be a good role for me to pursue. When I decided to move overseas, I also decided to make the move out of construction and into project management. Luckily, I found a company who were willing to give me an opportunity based on my skills and life experience, despite not having any PM experience.

What successes and challenges have you come up against in your professional career so far?

A lot of the biggest challenges have been in the human element, dealing with other people, rather than technical problems. Many problems seem to come from poor communication. I struggle to think of any major successes, but I have a lot of small ones, coming up with solutions for problems day to day.

What are your future professional aspirations?

The main thing is that I want to be in a job that I enjoy and that gives me job satisfaction. I really don’t know where I’ll end up and I’m ok with that.

The placement in third year secured my first engineering related job which gave me the experience to get where I am now.
Mark Webster | Sensum Group | Project Manager

Why did you choose to come to Abertay?

Mainly because Abertay was willing to let me start in second year, giving me credit for open university maths and engineering modules I had completed before.

How did your degree help prepare you for what you now do?

It gave me a good exposure to a wide range of topics around engineering that have come in useful. The placement in third year secured my first engineering related job which gave me the experience to get where I am now.

What’s your lasting impression of Abertay?

I made some great friends and when I look back on my time there, I miss it. Knowing more about other people’s experience of university I now see that I was lucky to have lecturers who give a lot of time to students.

How did you find the transition between University and the real world of work?

I was a mature student and had been in a challenging career before studying, so it was quite easy.

Do you have any words of advice for anyone thinking about studying Civil Engineering? 

Try to find a good mentor who wants to share their experience with you. Hard work and confidence can make up for a lack of experience.

 

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