"The skills learnt during my placement year were among the main reasons why I was offered my current job. Without having done a placement, I might be somewhere quite different today."
"I came to the University of Surrey to study medical engineering in 2010. I was drawn to the University because it was the only one that offered my chosen course alongside a Professional Training placement year. I felt that an industrial placement year would be beneficial to my overall development so this was a top priority for me.
I enjoyed many aspects of my time at university. My favourite thing was the landscape and environment; I have many fond memories of spending time near the lake with friends.
I enjoyed my course overall, but my final year project was one of the highlights of my university career. I appreciated the opportunity to work toward an existing biomedical engineering research project, in the field of cancer research. My work allowed me to win the Institution Award from the IMechE, which brought me a great sense of pride of achievement.
During my degree, I completed a professional training year at National Instruments. The experience introduced me to software programming and electrical design. I was also given the opportunity to develop skills like presentation and technical writing. The skills learnt during my placement year were among the main reasons why I was offered my current job. Without having done a placement, I may never have discovered my love of programming and may be somewhere quite different today.
Currently, I am a Design Engineer at WDM Ltd. I design large-scale software and hardware systems to test road surfaces. My job is quite varied, and I enjoy being able to get involved in all stages of product development, from initial planning to post-release support.
My advice to students is to read as widely as you can and try different things. You may find that the thing you enjoy the most is not what you expected when you began your degree. I also recommend doing a placement year, as it has a great effect on both personal and professional development."