Student Stories

Hear from students who have been there and done it

Degree Apprenticeships

A typical week for a degree apprentice at Mace
Joy Ogunbiyi
Degree Apprentice - Consultancy Project Management
4:17
The transition after completing a degree apprenticeship at WSP
Phoebe Wood
Graduate Engineer
3:18
Ewan's degree apprenticeship development - a year on!
Ewan Simpson
Degree Apprentice, Labs and Testing
5:55

Projects

Work on projects which align with your interests
Fatema Khatun
Graduate Structural Engineer
1:44
Working on projects that really interest you
Hannah Brookes
Graduate Waste Engineer
3:28
At Arup you're encouraged to get involved in a variety of projects
Jahnavi Kalayil
Graduate Electrical Engineer
5:18
The freedom to explore your interests while working on a variety of projects
Finlay Smyth
Wireless and Digital Service Division
7:12
You're supported and encouraged to work on "huge projects"
Luke McParlane
Nuclear Engineer
4:47
Getting Chartered, working abroad and gaining experience on different sized projects
Natalie Ellen
Graduate - Consultancy Project Management
1:32

Work Experience Benefits

You'll develop hands-on experience and soft skills on your placement
Yashwardhan Gupta
Laser Technician
3:19
Varied, rewarding and "stand-out" experiences
Sam Lovett
Intern
5:03
How a placement at WSP can improve your confidence and skills
Martina Petrova
Graduate Engineer
2:11
My placement has convinced me that MBDA is where I want to be.
Thomas Birch
Safety and Reliability Undergraduate
0:58
How doing a placement increases your confidence
Laura Thomas
Marketing Operations Placement Student
1:31
The experience and achievements you gain really benefit you when going into your final year at university
Jamie Anderson
Cost Analyst Intern
2:05
Why do a placement at Cambridge Consultants?
Emily Andrews
Intern - Global Medical Technology Division
3:56
How our placements have benefitted us (Josie and Ruby)
Josie Jackson
Analytical Data Scientist - Placement
4:24
How securing an offer after my placement helped me in my final year.
James Knight
Electronics Graduate
1:06

Applying

How to make your application stand out - great tips!
Josie Jackson
Analytical Data Scientist - Placement
2:18
How to be successful when you come to apply
Li He
Graduate Technical Consultant
1:43
INEOS has a "highly personable recruitment process"
Abbie Webb
Commercial Graduate
4:15

You're not expected to know...

Everyone is willing to answer any questions you have
Ellis Burnett
Placement Student
3:53
You're not expected to know everything
Enzo Cothias
Graduate Geotechnical Engineer
2:44
Training and development at AtkinsRéalis
Freya Leith
Graduate Human Factors Engineering Consultant
2:09
"Be you and be confident. Take it all in!"
Jasveer Landa
Commercial Associate Intern
0:41
"Everyone at Centrica wants to help you"
Lucy Adams
Group Strategy Analyst
0:58
"Every day is a school day"
Dan Gammond
Innovation Analyst
2:28

Challenge Yourself

Getting "thrown in at the deep end" is the best and coolest way to learn
Octavian Soare
Placement Student
2:48
Starting at Severn Trent and managing a team of six people in the first three months!
Ellisse Ballantyne
Graduate Technology
1:46
Opportunity to work on big projects. Say "yes" to everything!
Isobel Green
Graduate Project Engineer
3:18
"It's fascinating; you really do find something new out every day"
Tom Timmons
Engineering Development
2:16
"You're more than welcome to try something new. Get as much experience as you can"
Hannah Eastlake
Electronics Installation Intern
2:15
An environment where you're empowered to share your ideas
Brice Austin
Race Strategy Intern
1:36

Starting the job

STFC teaches you all you need and want to know when you join
Matthew Passingham
IP student
5:20
Hands-on and varied responsibilities from early on
Georgia Hammond
Engineering Placement Student
3:51
The onboarding process at Cambridge Consultants
Kai Damani
Intern - Consumer and Energy Division
5:51

About networking

Getting together - Getting social
Will James
Actuarial Graduate
1:08
Switching and rotating around different teams
Nina Dusautoy
Polymer Product Manger
1:47
Phoebe talks about the social events Stantec offers and how it’s a great way to network.
Phoebe Ash
Graduate Wastewater Network Modeller
1:34
Learning from colleagues with "decades of experience"
Catherine Flanders
Graduate
5:19
Social Events, the New Talent Network and Volunteering.
Krishna Reddy Alluri
Graduate GLP
2:03
Every day catch-ups and support from mentors
Shirine El Zaatari
Engineering Development
4:13

Extra-curricular activities

Training programmes and social activities
Elloise Jorritsma
Graduate Engineer
1:37
Socials, sports, volunteering days...
Onyeari Egbuji
Actuarial Trainee Consultant
1:52
Grace tells us about team and social events as well as school outreach...
Grace McGill
Technology Graduate
2:07
Learning new languages, playing sports...
Ruth Faherty
Advanced Support Engineer
1:52
Learning from colleagues with "decades of experience"
Catherine Flanders
Graduate
5:19
There's always something fun to do outside of work
Omal Jayawardena
Technical Graduate
1:55

Training and development

Nikki's experience of training and development
Nikki Morris
Graduate Renewables Consultant
3:39
Support and training to help you progress
Ciaran Henry
Actuarial Trainee Consultant
2:11
Omar tells us about his training, development and his road to Chartership.
Omar Chalabi
Graduate Civil Engineer (Water)
1:53
Opportunity to gain Chartership and guidance towards achieving it
Ginger Polo
Environmental Graduate
1:11
Transferable skills are valued and you're supported to learn new skills
Kayleigh Cassie
Corporate IT Graduate
2:49
You have the flexibility to tailor your own personal training
Rhys Owen
Civil Engineer
2:09
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