Jason Gower, a higher engineering apprentice for GE Aviation Systems was proud to reach the regional final of the IET Present around the World (PATW) competition.
IET Present around the World (PATW) is a competition open to students, recent graduates, apprentices and young professionals aged 18-26 years, where they can show off their presentation skills in front of a panel of judges. Jason first found out about the competition through a previous rotation manager, who stopped at his desk and recommended he: “give it a go, as he’d done something similar with the IET when he was an apprentice,” explains Jason.
He decided to get involved because he thought it was a great opportunity to test his presentation skills against his peers and he hoped it would continue to help build his confidence and presentation skills.
Jason put together a presentation on aerospace system architecture, giving an insight into how the old and modern aircraft computer systems were designed.
“I explained the strengths and weaknesses of federated versus integrated as well as some of the pressure on the aerospace industry in general,” he says.
“I really enjoyed it,” he enthuses. “I got through the first round - the local competition, where I presented against final year students who delivered their dissertations. I found listening to them really interesting,” he continues.
“I came second in the regional finals - I'd have liked to have gone through because I can be quite competitive, however I think the better man won, so congratulations to him! But I think the whole experience was beneficial because I got to practice presenting formally, network and meet some interesting people. I definitely think the experience contributed to my networking skills, delivery and preparation of presentations.”
Jason is keen to recommend the competition to his colleagues next year - especially those who are serious about improving their presentation ability.
“It's an opportunity to practice in a formal environment that is low risk. It doesn't matter if you make a mistake, you can learn from it and improve for next time. Plus the prize money does make it a little sweeter,” he says.
“I think the whole event is really good; it encourages people in their early career to improve their skills for the future. As engineering has a very important position in the UK economy at the moment, I think things like this are what set us in good stead for the future. There is always a drive to do better and improve our skills and the IET does a job in supporting that,” he concludes.