"It’s amazing to witness the technological advances happening in aerospace at Rolls-Royce."
After graduating in Mechanical Engineering in 2014, I worked in other industries for some time, then decided to come to the UK and do my MSc in Manufacturing and Management at the University of Nottingham. It was during that time that it became my dream to make aero engines for Rolls-Royce.
It’s amazing to witness the technological advances happening in aerospace here. Since I joined in September 2017, I have seen so much. I’ve worked in four different locations, including Barnoldswick, where the legendary RB211 was made.
The career progression opportunities for graduates have been completely beyond my expectations. There are so many ways to be challenged and stretched. I feel like I could spend more than one lifetime at this company and do different things each time.
I initially joined because I wanted contact and support from people from a similar background. Having joined, I found a huge sense of sharing cultures and beliefs with other people and of learning from one another too. Through the MFN, I’ve learnt about Diwali, and have been able to tell my co-workers about Ramadan and the ideas behind it. It’s a chance to ‘zoom out’ from daily work – and it helps bring people from different areas of the business together, too.
There are prayer rooms and multi-faith rooms for meditation and prayers. It makes a big difference to be able to practice my faith openly, and it definitely improves my performance at work. There are also monthly newsletters, and lots of invitations to events. Last year the MFN arranged for Ravi Singh to come and speak to us – he was such a powerful speaker.
Prior to working at Derby, I worked at the Hucknall site for some time during my graduate programme. As I was the first Muslim to work at this location, they did not have a specific room for prayers. But within just three weeks, I was surprised to find out that a new multi-faith room had been built! I will never forget the quick action that was taken over this. Now people of several faiths use the room.
I want to be a game-changer in the aerospace industry. I think I’m very lucky to be at Rolls-Royce at this time of transformation, as the company is moving from the conventional three-shaft model towards more electric aircraft. At the moment, I am enjoying manufacturing engineering where I spend most of my time with our external supply chain engineers to ensure we make products that meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.