I first engaged with Ian when I was 16. I had recently received my predicted GCSE grades, between A* - C, at a highly reputable comprehensive school in West Wales and was in a flux as to what to do next.
The school had begun engaging with us about AS and A Level options before we’d taken mock GCSE’s. However, unlike most of my peers, I didn’t want to stay in school just because my mates were, because a teacher had advised me that college had a bad reputation, or because the school’s careers adviser didn’t seem to put other options (apart from ones in school 6th form) on the table...
I felt I had one stab at education, and had to choose my next step wisely. I wanted to consider all available options, but didn’t know where to start. My family/ friends couldn’t provide what I was looking for, as:
My problems were:
Ian helped me to identify the kind of education I needed and problems I currently faced, as mentioned above. He then set about researching different potential next steps.
To the shock of many, I decided not to progress with A Levels. I opted to study at Pembrokeshire College for a BTEC National Diploma in Design in Construction (now Construction Design and Management) and I loved every minute of it.
After 2 years, I received a DDD (triple distinction) and got a place at Cardiff University to study Architectural Engineering (predominantly Civil Engineering).
Having graduated, I pursued a PhD in BIM and Robotics, before leaving that for a job as a BIM Consultant with PCSG (Professional Construction Strategies Group) in London. Over the past few years, I have worked with manufacturers, housing associations, and large asset owners/ operators to establish digital strategies and help embed software solutions to fit. I now work as a seconded Systems Integration Consultant on HS2 – integrating their incumbent IT Stack to help deliver a fully operational Digital Twin.
To this day, engaging with Ian for careers advice early on at GCSE level was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I would recommend any young person questioning their next step after GCSEs, and beyond, to reach out to Ian.
And you don’t have to stay at school for A Levels to get into a good Uni, or increase your chances of a decent career.
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