University: Cardiff University
Degree Course: MEng Electrical & Electronic Engineering
What appeals to you about Electronics?
From a young age I’ve always had an interest in computers, playing video games and designing websites. I was curious as to how computers functioned, so I then started some research on how desktop computers are made, taking them apart and rebuilding them. When it came to selecting my GCSEs, Electronics was an available option, and since then Electronics has always been part of my education (I self-taught the A-level), and I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed it.
Why did you want a scholarship with Socionext?
Socionext was a company that I hadn’t heard very much about prior to the UKESF, and when conducting research before applying and the interview, there wasn’t a great deal of information online. However, when I was offered a placement with Socionext I accepted, even though I’d previously been reluctant to take a year out of my studies. The interview day was well structured with many applicants in attendance. The presentations were given by a scholar who was currently working there, as well as team members and managers, and gave me a great insight to the company, as well as the working environment within the office.
What type of work have you been involved with during your placement?
During my placement I worked within the applications team, designing two power supply boards, which formed part of a design kit that was sent out to customers. I’ve picked up many new skills through completing my placement and most import to me was the feeling that I had made a positive contribution to the applications team.
What are your interests outside of work?
Outside of my degree, I enjoy playing football for the engineering department at university, as well as a local league team back home. I also watch football amongst other sports, making the most out of Cardiff being promoted to the premier league, buying a season ticket to watch this year’s relegation battle. Whenever possible I enjoy travelling and seeing new places.
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