"In developing my skills as an engineer, I wanted to get a bigger picture of how a product goes from an idea to product in a person’s home." Ayo
University: Cardiff University
Degree Course: MEng Integrated Engineering with Year in Europe
What appeals to me about electronics?
More and more electronics are becoming part of our everyday lives. From the moment we get up, we rely on the designs of electronic engineers. I want to be involved with the continued implementation of electronics.
Why did you want a Scholarship with Sky?
Sky is a well-known entertainment and telecommunication brand in the UK. As my degree involves both electronics and mechanics, I wanted to choose a company that had an interdisciplinary environment. In developing my skills as an engineer, I wanted to get a bigger picture of how a product goes from an idea to product in a person’s home. Sky develops its own products from all the way to manufacturing and distribution and I have been able to get further understanding of this process.
I have now completed two summer placements at Sky, working in their R&D department. Each summer I was given a new project on a potential new product that Sky was looking to develop and create. After doing some background research, we were given the freedom to create a proof of concept to present to the managers and leaders in the office at the end of the placement. We were aided by other departments and teams not just in the Brentwood office but also by the wider Sky network. This has given me more confidence to reach out to different people from a variety of sectors in a collaborative working environment.
I have always enjoyed music and sports. During lockdown I had more free time and was able to play the violin again which I hadn’t done much of whilst studying at uni. I also joined my university’s tennis club and started playing and having lessons to improve. It was difficult at first, but very rewarding when you hit a great shot. It was a great sport to pick up during lockdown – socially distanced and all! I am now doing a study year abroad in Barcelona, Spain and looking forward to learning and working with engineers from a different country.
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