"I love the creativity involved, as well as the variability in specialities that anyone studying electronics can do." George
Sponsor: Renesas Electronics Europe
University: Royal Holloway, University of London
Degree Course: MEng Electronic Engineering
What appeals to me about Electronics
At school I wasn’t particularly aware of electronics as an option. I’d assumed it was the path you took to become an electrician, but when I found out more information, I realised it was a really great combination of two subjects I already enjoyed, mixing some aspects of computer science (programming and embedded systems) with the creative design, throw in some analogue electronics and I thought, “what can’t you do with this degree?!”. I love the creativity involved, as well as the variability in specialities that anyone studying electronics can do, from nano electronics to large scale power generation; it’s so broad meaning, you don’t need to know exactly what you want to do when you get into it, and can spend years discovering what you are into.
Why I chose Renesas
I was drawn to Renesas as I wanted to get a better understanding of programming AND designing microcontrollers, as well as see how they may be applied in industry situations, as well as just generally gain insight to how work is organised in such a global company and apply work flows to my future studies and work. One of the things that attracted me to Renesas was the down to earth nature of the interview, which was for the most part a chat with the hiring managers. Of course there was a technical element, and some questions about projects I’ve done, but the whole interview had a very natural flow.
One thing I really like about working at Renesas is that while the company is quite large, the team I work in is no more than 7 people, which means that the work I do has a meaningful impact, and can be found in products yet to be released.
My placement and its value
My work at Renesas has consisted of developing example programs for the boards, making fixes to the schematics, performing design tests with the development boards, as well as developing automation scripts for internal use to improve workflow efficiencies.
In my free time I spend a lot of time watching Netflix and YouTube videos (probably too much). When not doing that, you can find me listening to or playing music. I also like to keep very active, running 5k every weekend. I was the charity officer for the rowing club at university pre-covid, and I also like to go for a cycle every week. I’m always looking for more ways to be active with others as a lot of the sport I do right now is solo.
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