We speak to Architectural Technologist, Dannii Humphries about her career.
I made the decision to undertake an undergraduate degree with the University of Huddersfield, where I began studying Building Surveying BSc (Hons) in 2018. It was daunting undertaking a full time degree initially, as I will be the first in my family to complete a degree, and I was better at creative subjects at school when I was younger. The course appealed to me, due to it’s collaborative approach to teaching, with various disciplines within construction and design, teaching the three/four year course. My course is made up of a mixture of disciplines, including Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying, Construction Project Management and Architectural Technology, which I feel helps students to really understand how the industry works and how a lot of our roles and responsibilities overlap and support the process.
I left college at 18 after studying Uniformed Public Services which was a course well suited to me, as it focused on submitting assignments and coursework instead of tests. I went on to start full-time work in retail, where I became a shop floor manager at 19. I had always had an ambition to join the Military, as my grandparents served in the Navy and Army and always suggested it would suit me well as a career. I worked hard and joined the Royal Air Force June 2009 and went on to undertake almost a years training, to become a Medic. I was posted to various locations around the UK, as well as spending time in Kenya and the Falklands. I obtained the rank of Corporal after 4 years and subsequently left the RAF in 2018, after moving to Huddersfield to be closer to my husband’s family.
The RAF gave me some amazing memories, my favourite to date is either doing safari in a Puma helicopter and following a Lion at sunrise in Kenya, or, being winched from a fishing vessel as part of a Search and Rescue exercise with my husband, who worked on the team.
The best moment since starting my degree, is the feeling of ‘cracking’ computer programs and creating something from nothing.
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