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Studying at Thornton Science Park has meant I am working in an industrial environment which allowed me to undertake a work placement at a local automotive engineering company, and receive a job offer from Horiba MIRA.
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How did your degree at the University of Chester prepare you for your current role?

My experience at the University of Chester has been an unforgettable journey from start to finish. From the first few weeks building rockets, going to Sci-tech Daresbury particle accelerator facility and ammonia plant it broadened my scientific mind. The quality of teaching, laboratory equipment and library resources has been first class. Further to this, due to the small class sizes has enabled me to build personal relationships with the staff, who were friendly and always willing to help and support me. Studying at Thornton Science Park has meant I am working in an industrial environment which allowed me to undertake a work placement at a local automotive engineering company. This was an invaluable experience which provided me with the employability skills to successfully receive a job offer for a Graduate Scheme at Horiba MIRA.

What support did you receive during your degree?

My tutors have enabled me to pursue the career I have always hoped for. The help and support I have received from everyone, whilst studying my undergraduate degree at the University of Chester has been excellent, and often goes un-noticed. For example, my work placement with Motrac, gave me the opportunity to arrange a business trip and visit Phil Stones, Chief Engineer of Powertrain, at Millbrook Vehicle Engineering, which was a very fruitful experience. My acceptance of a job offer from Horiba MIRA, was the combined result of (i) effective academic support from my tutors, (ii) motivating industrial environment at Thornton Science Park, and (iii) personal hard work and engagement with my Course. I was hence able to build a CV that fulfilled my career aspirations.

What do you feel are the top transferable skills that you will be using in your new role after graduation?

  • Critical thinking
  • Good understanding of physical concepts
  • Experience in industry-relevant research
  • Real-world problem solving due to placements in an industrial environment
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Effective work as part of a team
  • Confidence and self-motivation