Student profile
Haroon Shah

Haroon Shah

"There are many practical and motivating reasons to go on placement. University develops critical thinking and problem solving skills while placements can teach you skills such as decision-making and prioritisation."

Course
Mechanical Engineering MEng
Entry year
2013
Placement company
General Electric

"The best thing about living in University accommodation is being in close proximity to everything. Its 10 minutes from town, four minutes from the train station and two minutes from your lectures. It also means you interact with a lot of people, there are many things to do and it’s a really safe environment too.

I’m still close to many of my first year housemates and have lived with some of them for up to three years. Our group chat was aptly named ‘Uni Family’ and we did loads together; cooking, cinema, going out, jamming, sport and trying out new societies.

With societies, sports clubs and all the halls on campus, you will meet so many people with similar interests and hobbies. There will be people on your course from other countries, doing different sports, or people you meet in societies who introduce you to new ones. You’ll get invited to all sorts of shows, matches, tasters and even to different accommodation sites around campus. Rubix is the mecca when it comes to student life. The themes are usually quite fun and creative and there can be some stellar guests. Guildford high street is great for shopping any time of the week and cheesy clubs like Popworld are a guilty pleasure for most.

I like to keep myself busy on campus. I would normally make sure I balance work, lectures and projects so that I can go to societies and sports clubs in the evenings. I go to the Music and Drama Society and TEDx which are both very social. Wates is usually my go-to chillout spot as they have a great bar and food. Their green room is a swell space as it’s used for both relaxing and as an outstanding venue. The lake is also a great space to revise during the summer exam period.

"I felt like I transformed into a more thorough engineer and improved in all forms of communication."

On my placement, I worked as a Propulsion Engineering Intern with General Electric at their jet engine overhaul site in Cardiff, Wales. The best part was being able to work with such a large team of inspectors, engineers and management staff. I thought it was novel that I learnt so much in my first six months and none of it came from a book! I felt like I transformed into a more thorough engineer and improved in all forms of communication.

There are many practical and motivating reasons to go on placement. You learn a lot more about your field and the career world. You can find out if some jobs are for you and what skills you’re already good at or what you can improve on. University develops critical thinking and problem solving skills while placements can teach you skills such as decision-making and prioritisation.

I was offered a job by my placement company which I was hellbent on doing at the time. However, in my final year an opportunity arose to do a PhD in the field of jet engines with Rolls Royce. I really wanted a challenge and an opportunity to continue learning at this level so I have successfully applied for that PhD position at Surrey."

 

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