Tom Holden

Tom Holden

University of Manchester graduates seem to have the right balance of academic knowledge and social skills employers look for.

Controlled Robotic Arm Project

What route have you taken to get to your current position?

4 year course; a foundation year followed by a bachelors degree in Mechatronics.

Do you think your Manchester degree helped you to secure the job?

Absolutely, I feel the calibre of Manchester University has a big impact on employers. University of Manchester graduates also seem to have the right balance of academic knowledge and social skills employers look for.

What does this position involve?

My experience was based in Quality Control in commercial engineering at Jaguar Land Rover. This includes visiting various plants and analysing current engineering.

What do you most enjoy about your current role?

The future opportunities at the company, as well as the prospect of visiting other plants. I'm looking forward to getting hands on engineering experience and to applying my degree in a practical way.

What skills/knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?

All round knowledge of engineering has been massively helpful. Manchester teaches a broad range of engineering which seemed to impress at interview stage. Also, the none engineering modules helped diversify me from other applicants.

What advice would you give to students applying for the same course that you took?

Make totally sure you are interested in all things engineering as you won't be able to do the bare minimum and do well. It is a very hard degree, but massively worthwhile in the long term. It has provided me with a hugely knowledgeable skill set and a fantastic job opportunity.

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