Jake Corkhill

Summer Placement - Electronics and Embedded Software

"I’ve found that Frazer-Nash have placed great confidence in my abilities to take on these more managerial roles within a project."

How have you found your placement year with Frazer-Nash?

Overall, a very productive and rewarding experience, I was offered the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects ranging from both research and highly technical in nature. This has seen varying roles on my behalf including simpler technical support on small tasks, all the way to acting as a technical lead and effectively managing a team of three other engineers on a much larger and more complex project. I’ve found that Frazer-Nash have placed great confidence in my abilities within a project.

This project specifically provided me with the opportunity to converse and work alongside an external client and has in fact made me realise that I do have the required people and communication skills that this type of work requires. The fact that Frazer-Nash has managed to accommodate my interests in finding projects that are aligned to my skillset and interests has been greatly appreciated, and provided that my placement was entirely virtual, I do believe that FNC was very well prepared and organised to deal with the difficulties that the pandemic has brought about. The Frazer-Nash onboarding process was inclusive and well directed to my needs and experience.

What advice would you give to students considering applying to Frazer-Nash?

Prepare a thorough and polished CV that will help you stand out when making an application and outline your technical and transferable consultancy skills. Frazer-Nash will be looking for someone who can operate well within the consultancy field and someone who will align with the ethos of the company. Demonstrate throughout the recruitment process how well you can communicate your ideas.

The specific technical skills you may need for a project can always be taught and learned, but the ‘soft skills’ that you need to work alongside your peers and with clients are much more valuable and difficult to acquire and improve. Let Frazer-Nash know what your interests and needs are and what type of work are you looking to do? Are there specific engineering sectors that really interest you? If so, make sure you tell them and explain why. Are there specific technical skills that you wish to develop? Although not extensive, all these questions are important you consider when making your application and throughout the recruitment process to ensure the interviewers understand your passions and goals.

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