university: University of Southampton
Course: MEng Electronic Engineering
How did you become interested in Electronics?
I was inspired to pursue an education in electronics by a teacher in secondary school; I found the process of designing a PCB to be as small as possible very interesting. Since then the complexity of designs being implemented on such small scales inspired me to pursue IC design and implementation. I still have an interest in the larger scale analogue circuits and work on them regularly in projects I do at home, but my real passion currently is digital design using hardware description languages to be manufactured or implemented on FPGAs.
Why should applicants choose Arm?
The atmosphere at Arm is incredible, at work you are treated as a full employee and part of the team. You are never made to feel less important than other members of the team because you are an intern and the hierarchical ladder can feel very relaxed, even people three or four levels your superior will treat your ideas and work as important and useful. The large number of graduates and interns means its very easy to settle in and make friends while you are there, which makes work more enjoyable and ensures there is never a shortage of things to do outside of office hours. The work you do at Arm is important and groundbreaking, it is a great experience for learning more about the industry and modern technologies while also making friends and enjoying your summer or year placement.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I’m a climber, I like training in the climbing wall so that when I return home for Christmas and Easter holidays I can go out to the Peak District with my family and not be shown up by my siblings who have the opportunity to climb there all the time.
Why did you apply to the UKESF?
1) I was inspired to pursue an education in electronics by a teacher in secondary school, without that teacher showing me electronics and guiding/helping me with projects that I was doing outside of school I would have never followed this path and found the subject I am good at and enjoy. Electronics is my passion and I feel it could be many other peoples passions if they are inspired like I was and with the UKESF I can get involved with projects to do that.
2) Having an internship during the summers at university allows you to save up a bit of money and live more comfortably the next year at university, but it also teaches you more skills. These skills can help you back at university and also make you much more employable after completion of your studies.