Vikas D.

RF and Systems Engineer
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About me

Vikas D.
Communications Engineering
Taught Postgraduate

My employment

RF and Systems Engineer
United Kingdom
Engineering and manufacturing
Large business (250+ employees)

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A day in the life of a RF and Systems Engineer in the United Kingdom

As an international student, I started with a part time internship which led to a full time job in the UK

How I looked for work

I started my career with a company based in York, as an international student I had several work restrictions including work visa. I was a frequent visitor to university career services where I found an opportunity to work with a medium size electronics company based in York while doing my MSc. I started with a part time internship which lead me to a full time job. Now, I work with one of the most recognised defence and aerospace company in the world.

Finding work in the UK

It was a huge task because of visa restrictions, I applied for several jobs, visited career fair in different cities. initially, I faced loads of failure and disappointments due to not getting any sponsor in electronics industry. I changed my plan from looking for a big company to start with a small company and gain some experience and it worked out well for me.

How I found out about the job

Careers website (University of York)

My advice to international students looking for work in the UK

Don't just target big names in the market, look for SMEs in your job sectors, SMEs recognises flashy tag of University of York and are more keen to offer you employment and might sponsor you with a work visa.

What I do

I work with a defence and aerospace company where I design, develop and manage electronic war products.

Skills I use and how I developed them

Leadership, design, Project management

What surprised me most

Challenges to achieve critical customer product specifications.

Next steps...

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