Want to Study and Work in the UK?

By Uni Enrol - April 05, 2021
Life After Graduation Find out from 4 graduates how they secured their work in the UK after completing their studies at University of Southampton Malaysia! 
Want to Study and Work in the UK?

Did you know that international students graduating in the UK can remain in the country for 2 years under the Graduate Route?

Many students choose the UK for its high-quality education and then remain there after graduation because it offers a plethora of opportunities for students to explore.

For University of Southampton Malaysia’s (UoSM) Engineering students, they get to gain industrial experience as early as Year 1. Come check out how UoSM helped 4 Malaysians secure employment in the UK!

 

Jeremy Fong Jia Wei

MEng. Mechanical Engineering with Aerospace

Control Engineer, Rolls-Royce

I am responsible for producing control systems for aircraft.

I found out about Rolls-Royce through the IT, Science and Engineering Fair held by the University’s Careers and Employability Service. I also got my CV examined by a staff of career service and visited the mock assessment center to help me in my preparation for Rolls-Royce’s interview.

During my course I participated in two summer internships at Dyson, which gave me an idea of what I wanted to do. These experiences taught me more about teamwork and how to adapt in a fast-paced environment.

To me, a small student-to-lecturer ratio at UoSM encourages two-way learning which is especially important for Southeast Asian students as we tend to be more quiet and passive learners. In the UK, I couldn’t think of any better supervisors to have – Professor Phil Joseph and Dr Michael Kingan were always there to help me even when that meant having Skype calls after office hours.

 

Priscilla Ting Wee Sze

MEng. Mechanical Engineering with Aerospace 

Graduate Mechanical Engineer, UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

I am currently in charge of the management data and the analysis aspect of a project that will impact a major component of the nuclear reactor.

The best part is knowing that my work will directly impact the energy industry that aims to harness a new renewable source from nuclear fusion, which then will change the Earth!

I encountered UKAEA via a job fair hosted by the UoSM, I then proceeded to apply to their graduate scheme online.

Additionally, I have benefited a lot from the careers and employability service where they offered professional help including checking your CV and preparing you for interviews.

The academics in the university are the best thing for me. Lecturers are very approachable! The student community is great too. There are tons of clubs and society to suit everyone.

 

Sean Ng Jia Sheng

MEng Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Design Engineer, Dyson UK

I did a summer internship at Dyson UK in my final year and got a return offer.

I am involved in the design and development of user interaction features in new Dyson products.

It is exciting to be actively involved in developing new technology at a global technology company to solve problems that others do not notice.

The university organised lots of career fairs, talks and CV workshops which gave us the opportunity to ask questions and be prepared for interviews.

In Malaysia, UoSM has a close-knit community of staff and students. It was easy to ask my lecturers questions. The small campus and community also meant that a lot of students studied together in the library and were able to help each other during revision.

At the UK campus, I got to participate in a number of the clubs and societies available which helped broaden my network and develop skills in communications and marketing.

 

Aaron Teo

MEng. Mechanical Engineering with Aerospace

Mechanical Engineer, Dyson UK

I develop product design from an early phase, with a focus on creating solutions to existing problems. I have had the opportunity to work on aerodynamic design, and have also developed several user interaction mechanisms. This means a lot of drawings with pen and paper, exploring ideas and concepts.

Many times I had to go back to the drawing board, which was challenging but the most rewarding aspect of my role once I got something working. I learn something new every day and this pushes me to become a better engineer.

I found out about the Dyson graduate scheme through the recruitment fair. They had a booth there and I was really impressed by the functionality and aesthetic of their products, especially how they redefine the common household items that we use daily.

Opportunities are aplenty at the UK campus – I was able to secure a research exchange to Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Ishikawa, Japan, and learn about graphene technology even though I had no prior experience.

At UoSM, I also worked on designing a data logging device for a research project as an electronics intern.

The university made me realise how important it was to have working experience. Through my internship experiences at the University I learnt how to collaborate with others, present and package my work, and even learned how to use Photoshop.

 

Summary

All 4 graduates stressed the importance of utilising resources from the Careers and Employability Service. Aside from being able to meet industry partners at recruitment fairs, the graduates also sought help on preparing their CV and job interviews. Lastly, all of them used their internship experience as a springboard to secure employment after graduation.

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