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John Alimi

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering
Placement with 3M, Loughborough (July 2016 – July 2017)

John Alimi

Why did you apply to the University of Bradford? What was your first impression of the university and the city, and what did you enjoy most about your time in Bradford?

I decided to study BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bradford because of the good quality of research and academic standard, excellent graduate employment record and the half-tuition fees Academic Excellence Scholarship awarded to students with good academic record yearly.  I felt the city was quite boring at first, but mingling with and getting to know other students and locals around made my stay enjoyable. Bradford is considered very cheap to live in, which is one thing I particularly like about the city.

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

I have always been a curious person, always wanting to know how things around me work. I love to take things apart and bring them together and mechanical engineering was a perfect course for me to develop my potential. I enjoy everything about the course and I particularly enjoy problem-solving in the course. I love taking on new challenges and mechanical engineering is loaded with limitless challenges.

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

Mechanical engineering is a very challenging course and it takes diligence and hard work to excel. Preparations for exams and coursework should not be left till late. Starting coursework on time favours early completion of assignments to a high standard.  The University of Bradford is a very good university with loads of activities to be involved in and I will advise students to enjoy these opportunities during their stay.

What support have you received from Career Development Services / Placement Staff?

The placement staff were very helpful throughout my application. I booked different appointments with the Career Development Adviser (CDA) linked to my faculty and she completely overhauled my CV and cover letter, went through my application and gave me tips on how to handle interviews/assessment centres. The CDA was very supportive and helpful throughout my placement applications and I would advise students to make good use of Career Development Services.

What action are you taking to improve your employability whilst at University?

I get myself involved in various personal projects to develop various technical and transferrable skills which would make me stand out. I also take a few online courses to enhance my knowledge base and gain deeper understanding of some engineering principles. I involve myself in various social activities to enhance my interpersonal skills.

What advice would you give to your fellow students about finding placement and work experience opportunities?

Starting applications early is very important and I cannot stress the importance enough. Apply to different companies to increase your chances. Research the company well before applying to make sure the opportunity is suitable for you. It is also very important to make good use of Career Development Services to improve the quality of your application.

Tell us about your current placement (include brief responsibilities)

My current placement (Hardgoods Placement Engineer) involves me working in a Drug Delivery Systems Team. The team deals in the design and optimisation of new and existing drug delivery products.  I will be involved in various design projects which includes sketching, designing on CAD, creating motion simulations, 3D printing designs and assembling/testing new components and mechanisms.

I will also be involved in creating engineering drawings for manufacturing suppliers for injection moulding and also drawings and illustrations for patents and Invention Submissions and many other exciting roles.

How will the placement year benefit you when you return to study at the University of Bradford?

The placement year would give me an opportunity to get hands-on experience in various aspects of engineering which would improve my understanding when I return to study.  It would also expose me to various engineering challenges, hence providing me with loads of options to choose from for my final year project. The placement would also improve my management skills and enhance my ability to handle responsibilities.