Rongxiu (Samantha) P.

Assistant Signalling Designer
Happy to mentor
Happy to be contacted

About me

Rongxiu (Samantha) P.
Electronics
Engineering Management
Taught Postgraduate
Wentworth
2014
China

My employment

Assistant Signalling Designer
Kier Group
United Kingdom
Engineering and manufacturing
Large business (250+ employees)
2015
£26500
£28500

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A day in the life of a Assistant Signalling Designer in the United Kingdom

Assistant Railway Signalling Designer in Kier Group

What I do

Railway Signalling Design

Skills I use and how I developed them

I need electrical knowledge and CAD skills. Basic computer skills are required as well, which I gained from Universality.

How I looked for work

Career Service Centre, all the career websites, big companies' career websites, Career Fair, friends who have jobs, Mentoring with Alumni.

Finding work in the UK

I need a Visa to get the permit to stay in the UK. I know it was going to be a big challenge for me. My study in York Uni is just a one year master course, so I started to prepare as soon I arrived the UK. In the first term, I applied for some volunteering work, which is easier to get than paid work. In the second term, I applied for some internships and part-time work, which is easier than the full time work or graduate scheme. In the last term, at the same time I preparing for my dissertation, and doing an internship, I applied for graduate scheme and full time work.

Another tip is to check the gov.uk to find some shortage occupations that is related to my degree or experience. These jobs are easier to get offers.

In addition, I practiced a lot about telephone interview, face to face interview and assessment centre. In the first few months in the UK, I am not quite fluent in my English. I grabbed all the chances to know the local people, Facebook, pubs, campus events, volunteer work, career fairs etc. I tell myself: you are here to experience the different culture, different environment, not stay at home or stay with your friends from your home country. You are an adult, you need do something on your own, not always follow others.

In the end, when you applying for jobs, don't be afraid that you are going to be refused. Looking for jobs is not like looking for gold, the more the better. You can only accept one offer in the end anyway. So the more rejection you get, the more experience you can have.

Believe yourself! Good luck guys and girls!

How I found out about the job

Employer's website

My career history

I did some internship when I was in my bachelor degree. I did 2 volunteering opportunities and 2 internships in the UK before I got my final full time graduate programme.

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