Student profile
Rebecca Clarke

Rebecca Clarke

I felt I made a real difference and helped the team move forward as a result of my input. I even received a couple of official recognition awards for the work I produced and my contribution to the team.

Course
Biomedical Engineering
Placement company
Johnson & Johnson

"Before applying to university I loved the idea of gaining some real industry experience during my course. Surrey had the perfect combination of the exact course I wanted and the opportunity for Professional Training, so I had no hesitation in applying.

I spent my Professional Training placement year working at Johnson & Johnson, part of DePuy Synthes, in Leeds, working as a bioengineer on medical instruments required for knee replacements. The company’s products have a huge positive impact on people’s lives, and I was particularly attracted to the role because I felt that its values aligned with my own.

I worked in the Knees NPD (New Product Development) team for a year, which involved me in assisting with the management and testing of over 100 instruments for a major new product that was in development. I even became a main point of contact for engineers in the UK and US concerning the test plan for these instruments.

At the end of my placement I extended my contract by an additional six weeks, switching to the Biomechanics Test Laboratory team, which enabled me to gain experience on the testing side of the medical device industry.

The main things I learned during my Professional Training year were how to manage my time and projects effectively, and how to work and communicate well with others in order to implement a large project.

I’m proud of my role in the management of a major testing plan: I identified possible risks with the testing and took action to prevent many risks from occurring. I had to communicate any updates on the test plan to project managers and technical leads at weekly meetings. I felt I made a real difference and helped the team move forward as a result of my input. I even received a couple of official recognition awards for the work I produced and my contribution to the team!

Having now studied and worked in biomedical engineering, it has proved to be the perfect choice for me. I find it incredibly rewarding to be able to apply my skills in order to improve people’s lives. After finishing my degree I hope to find a job in the medical devices industry and just keep learning – luckily in this field the learning never stops!"

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