BEng (Hons) Electrical & Electronic Engineering (2014) Powertrain Engineer with Continental Automotive Trading UK, Crewe
Why did you apply to the University of Bradford and why did you choose your course?
University of Bradford is a very multicultural university with a diverse mix of international and local students. It is highly ranked with regards to student satisfaction and the quantity and frequency of feedback from the academic faculty. It is also quite reputable for having good contacts with the industry and thus having a very high graduate employment ratio.
What did you like and enjoy about the University and your course?
What I liked the most about the University of Bradford was its student-friendly environment. The combination of the study environment and recreational facilities was amazing. Moreover, the environmental friendliness of the university really impressed me.
How did Career Development Services support you during your time at University?
Career Development Services (CDS) was amazing throughout the year. They not only helped me sort out my CVs and covering letters but also helped me prepare for my job interviews through various workshops and one-to-one meetings. The careers website also helped me find a lot of good part-time and graduate jobs as well.
What action did you take to improve your employability whilst at university?
I visited CDS many times and started working on my CV and CL in the beginning of my second year so that I have enough time to put a good application. I attended different workshops arranged by CDS regarding competency questions and psychometric tests which really helped me a lot whilst applying for graduate roles. I was also working with different societies and participated in various voluntary events to improve my communication skills and confidence to speak to people. I improved my management and responsibility skills by working as Treasurer for the University Cricket Club and helped improve the standard of training sessions which led the team to the first Varsity Win.
What advice would you give to your fellow international students about improving their employability?
I would recommend all international students to attend as many workshops provided by CDS as possible. Also to consult Career Development Advisers whenever they have any queries regarding their job search/applications as CDS is extremely helpful and professional. Start early (from year 1) so you don’t have to rush later on for placement or job applications. I would also encourage them to get involved with different societies and clubs and to get voluntary work experience.
What did you enjoy most about being an international student at the University of Bradford?
As an international student, I absolutely loved the mixed cultures in the university. There were a lot of opportunities during my four years at the University to remain in touch with my own culture while exploring and experiencing other cultures from around the world. The way the university accepts such a vast number of international cultures while respecting their cultural/religious needs was very impressive as well.
What would you say about the University of Bradford and the city to prospective international students?
I would always recommend prospective international students to come to Bradford and enjoy an amazing time at the university. I would like to assure them that they will enjoy every aspect of a student life at University of Bradford whether it is their academic studies, sports, cultural activities or the food or nightlife. In simple words, this city and this University can offer everything they want as an international student.
Tell us about your current job...
I am employed by Continental Automotive Trading, UK but placed on customer site at Bentley Motors in Crewe. Continental is one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers. Continental currently employs around 186,000 people in 49 countries. At Bentley, I am placed in the Powertrain Department. Our team works on engine management and transmission systems. My role varies between system integration, software/hardware testing, project management, data analysis and research and development.