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Nabelah Khan

BEng (Hons) Biomedical Engineering (2018)

Field Service Engineer, Canon Medical Systems, Yorkshire

Why did you apply to the University of Bradford?  Please include the following: What was your first impression of the university and the city?  What did you enjoy most about your time in Bradford?

I applied to the University of Bradford due to the many prospects it provides alongside its rich culture. My first impression of UoB was its assistance in ensuring students are comfortable and the transition from Sixth Form to university is as smooth as possible. Despite university being so “foreign”, its sense of warmth and cultural diversity allowed an easy and comfortable transition.

Why did you choose that particular course?  What did you like and enjoy most about your course?

I chose Biomedical Engineering as it provides the opportunity to understand both the medical aspects and the more challenging side which is, engineering.  If you have a passion for Biosystems but also wanting a challenge, then this course is for you.  I enjoyed my years as a Student Biomedical Engineer as it taught me many skills which are both transferable and technical, therefore, allowing me to easily adapt to new environments.  These skills include teamwork, time management and laboratory and CAD skills.

What tips would you give to prospective students (about the course at University of Bradford and the university itself)?

I would recommend that you keep on top of your studies but don’t forget to have fun! If you are struggling, just remember there’s a great team behind you who are always pushing you to do your best and if you ever need help, they’ll be there to support you every step of the way!

How did Career and Employability Services support you during your time at University?

The Career and Employability Services were a great help at acquiring my place at Canon Medical Systems.  Not only did the workshops provide and set an industry example, each member of staff offers great advice and tips on ensuring you are getting the best.  Personally, those staff linked to the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics pushed me and provided me with the expert knowledge at exceeding in situations including interviews and assessment centres.  Alongside this, the Careers website provided great tips and materials including psychometric tests. A must for most engineering jobs!

I would recommend that you keep on top of your studies but don’t forget to have fun! If you are struggling, just remember there’s a great team behind you who are always pushing you to do your best and if you ever need help, they’ll be there to support you every step of the way!
Tell us about your current job including brief responsibilities…

I will be starting on the 1st of October and my role involves myself going out to various hospitals and servicing and maintaining Ultrasound equipment associated with Canon Medical Systems. The role requires travelling to various locations up and down the country as well as Europe.  This role allows a vital opportunity in expanding my current skillset and pushing me outside my comfort zone!

What action did you take to improve your employability whilst at University?

Like any student at University, I was determined on ensuring my grades were the best I could possibly achieve.   Awarded with a first-class honours in Biomedical Engineering did not come easy; it required time and dedication alongside late night revision sessions.

Alongside my exceptional grade, another major achievement of my university career was derived from my final year project.  With the help of an excellent supervisor, I produced an outstanding piece of work which was later submitted for a conference hosted by BioMedEng2018 and will be published.   When I mentioned this to my interviewers, now employers, they were very impressed as I had developed many skills including communication, initiative and time management.

Furthermore, I also actively participated in part-time work as a manual Note Take for disabled students; this also allowed me to develop on my confidence.

What advice would you give to current students wishing to enter this type of career?

My advice would be MAKE SURE YOU DO YOUR RESEARCH!! Employers are impressed if you are commercially aware.  Also, make sure you completely prepare yourself to a stage where your answers are tailored or targeted to any questions thrown at you!  

Preparation goes a long way as it shows the employers that you are keen with the role they are advertising. Preparing for an interview also helps calm the nerves as you are comfortable with the key principles of the role. Additionally, it is also great, if you have some questions to ask the employer. This illustrates that not only do you understand the role but are keen to comprehend beyond it.

Do not ask questions such as “what is the pay like?” instead opt for questions such as “so how would a graduate be appraised in this company?” Lastly, ensure you have a positive mental attitude and always remember to let the real you shine through!