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Jagjeet Kumari, 28, is an assistant site manager with Mansell

WHEN I was young I wanted to be an architect but I flunked physics, which you needed. I wasn't sure what to do, and applied for a building course. I didn't expect to get in, but I did.

The HND course was perfect for me because I didn't know which role I wanted to be on site and it gave me an insight into all professions ? surveying, civil engineering, construction management, design etc. I decided construction management was for me and did a degree in it at Covent ry University.

I chose not to do the part of the course where you spend a year on site.

Having spent time doing the HND I was keen to finish my studies and some people had said you didn't get very good experience and spent a lot of time in the office.

Missing it did make my first day nerve-wracking because it was also my first time on site. I think a lot of the guys on site were wondering what I was doing there. A lot of them assumed I was in health and safety. At first they wouldn't swear in front of me. They still hold back a bit, but I don't.

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