Interview with Burak Abo

1) Can you tell us about yourself and your work briefly?

I was born in Istanbul in 1994. I got my civil Engineering diploma in 2016. As much as I cared about my education during my university education, I also cared about the social. In the last year of my university education, I took over the role of the Board of Directors of the building club. During my presidential term, I had the need to strengthen the foundation of our club with professionalism, institutional and innovative perspectives. Indeed, the importance of these 3 principles in business life is always separate for me. After our numerous technical trips with our club, we have successfully organized the National Building Conference with 8 sponsors, 13 speakers and 400 participants from 23 different universities. I would say that the preparation process of our Conference, the problems we have experienced, and the necessity to produce an emergency solution have greatly helped me. Just after my graduation, I was a business development manager at Intak Construction Engineering, the founding partner of our Conference speakers, my dear brother Sukan Koç. We have tried to contribute some kind of color to our company with innovative movements as well as in the club. At the same time, we held a conference at approximately 10 universities with Sukan Bey in 1 year and continued our support to clubs. I am currently working as a field control engineer under the scope of Infrastructure Coordination Directorate of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. Of course, you must not forget the structure of the building club with the backing of the day. We are selling industry-owned boutique products in Yapıarch, and we stand by them for the support we receive from clubs.  We have achieved the growth rate we are aiming at yapıarch and are working to sustain our achievements. Long way, we're always waiting for your support.

2) What factors have you chosen to choose Civil engineering?

I never thought that civil engineering was an ordinary engineering and even a profession. Maybe we love him so much. If there is a questionnaire between the professions and which colleagues are more fond of his profession, I'm guessing that our place in the first 3 is definitely ready. Most of us are eager to enter the mud on the construction site while walking 100 meters in our way to avoid getting into the mud as we walk the normal path. But I think the best part of our profession is realizing dreams. It's a perfect feeling to offer the benefit of humanity that is just a dream and a project that is on paper. What other profession can pride and honour pass before a completed structure that you work in the project? Of course, we have to give our architects the right. Despite our petty conflicts, I think we should really have the works of two professions and good architects.

3) What profession would you prefer if you could go back to the past?

If there was one more profession that had the emotions I just told you, it could have been, but not. Civil engineering again.

4) What was the most difficult lesson when you were a student?

Fluid mechanics.

5) What challenges have you faced until you are in your position?

Ustam (Sukan koçin) The first day I got kicked out of business, you'll see what your profession is now, five years later, civil engineering will do this job, 10 years later you'll say I'm a civil engineer. To be honest, we have a very valuable title, and we're just stepping into a new profession, and we really have no experience. Depending on this, we are experiencing some difficulties. The lack of regulation information while working in the office is an important factor to be familiar with the programmes. My greatest recommendation to the colleagues who are continuing the university education is that they are especially dominated by our regulations.

6) What are the most effective factors in finding jobs in the private sector? 

Network. Our industry is completely through the network. Maybe your life can change because of the person you never guessed. Create the Network and socialize yourself with your club, and create your own networking, in your hands. We don't have to go too far, and that's the way my brother and sister met.

7) What features should be found in the engineers who want to work in the office? 

As I've just explained, they have to control the regulations and develop themselves in programs.

8) What are the advantages and disadvantages of the office according to the construction site? 

Although the main place of construction engineering looks like a construction site, the most important place for me is the office. Because the design is being done in the office and theoretical knowledge is used here. He can really get a good point in theory and technical sense. However, the worst part of the office is that it is only computer-oriented, but after a while it takes the person back in terms of social work. Of course, the environment, taste and enjoyment of the construction site is also different. There's no way you can find that in the office.


9) What do you think about the future of the construction industry?

When I meet with our experienced colleagues, they always indicate that the mobility of the 2012 year and before is gradually declining. In the sense of housing, I think that the metropolitan reaches a saturation or is about to reach. In our country, I believe that the biggest factor that keeps the sector alive is public projects. In Central Asia there is also stagnation and now the best region in the overseas market is Africa. As a matter of fact, our big corporations are making serious investments in Africa.

10) What are your recommendations to civil engineering students?

A club engineer gives a single answer to this question. They should be active in the building club, develop themselves, and make sure they get new friends from different universities. Social networking, network business, job success.


Abimbola Abiola

Founder of Yapıarch

Civil engineer


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