|Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology|
|University of York|
|Science and research|
|Large business (250+ employees)|
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A day in the life of a PhD Student in the United Kingdom
I enjoyed my time as an undergraduate student at the university so I knew I wanted to pursue a PhD once I had completed the integrated masters
Briefly describe the organisation you work for
University of York
What do you do?
My research involves characterising resonant micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) based devices in order to better understand and exploit the observable nonlinear effects. This has the potential of improving the performance of devices at the leading-edge of resonant MEMS sensors and expanding the range of application areas where MEMS based devices can be successfully employed. I also demonstrate undergraduate modules as a graduate teaching assistant (GTA) for the electronic engineering degree courses.
Reflecting upon your past employment and education, what led you to your current career choice?
I enjoyed my time as an undergraduate student at the university so I knew I wanted to pursue a PhD once I had completed my integrated masters (MEng).
Is your current job sector different from what you thought you would enter when you graduated?
I had already accepted my current position come graduation, however I had considered a move to industry before starting the PhD application process.
Describe your most memorable day at work
I remember helping a student while demonstrating and seeing the lightbulb go off when the concept I was explaining suddenly made sense. That was a highlight as I hadn't been demonstrating for very long at that point so it was nice to see progress in my teaching. Outside of GTA work, moments where I've learnt to use a new piece of equipment also stand out - for example passing the scanning electron microscope (SEM) practical test.
What extracurricular activities did you undertake at university and what transferable skills did you develop through these?
I played college football for Langwith and acted as a student ambassador for my department while at university during my undergraduate degree. I developed several transferable skills through these activities such as public speaking, leadership and organisational skills.
What top tips do you have for York students preparing for today’s job market and life after graduation?
1) Think about what you would like to be doing in 3-5 years time when applying for a job.
2) Make use of the York Global Alumni Association for opportunities and career advice.
3) Keep in contact with the friends and academics you met at York.
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