Graduate: Sadik Omairey, proposal manager at MSK Group

Sadik Omairey, MSc Civil Engineering graduate

Sadik Omairey graduated from the MSc in Civil and Structural Engineering. He is now a proposal manager at MSK Group, a well-known oil and gas company in Iraq, and studying for his PhD at the University of Aberdeen.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Getting familiar with different sites and projects. Additionally, meeting new international clients, doing case studies and giving presentations.

Why is it a good job or profession?
It gives me, as an experienced engineer, the opportunity to work on a variety of projects in a short space of time.

Why did you choose to study at USW?
For me, getting a degree is not just about the academia, but the life experiences that accompany your time at university. When I chose USW, I didn’t go on rankings or employment statistics. Other aspects influenced my decision.

  • My dad studied an English course back in Cardiff in the 80s and he always recommended it because the people are nice and open to other cultures.
  • USW is located in a valley and away from busy cities.
  • The stunning nature of the area and the number and variety of the attractions in Wales, such as its castles.
  • The weather, which is one of the best in the UK.
  • Good transport routes to London and nearby airports such as Cardiff and Bristol.

What influenced you to do this Civil Engineering course? 
I liked the fact that this course combined both civil and structural engineering. In addition, the course was accredited by the ICE and INSTRUCTE (the Institute of Structural Engineers). This allows graduates to work in either the civil or structural sector of the industry.

How did you find living in Wales?
It was a great experience, especially for my wife, who never felt like she was away from home. The people in Wales were nice and we experienced living in both Pontypridd and Cardiff. On top of everything, our first son was born in Wales.

What was the most memorable experience of your time at USW?
As you get older, it can be hard to make new friends easily – it was entirely different at USW! I made friendships for life here, not only with students, I made great contacts with my lecturers, who always provided help and advice. A specific occasion was attending the installation of the new chancellor, Sir Rowan Williams, and having the privilege to talk and take a photo with him.

What piece of advice would you give to new students?
Go to USW! It’s a great place to live, study and build a strong foundation for your future career.