Gap year case studies

Young engineers share their gap year stories: from undertaking a year in industry to volunteering across the world.

Holly MacDonald

Holly MacDonald

Holly spent a year working for Scottish Power Energy Networks’ Network Technical Services department, where she helped with group projects and was put in charge of developing guides for engineers to use in the field.


 

Matt Holford

Matt Holford

Matt spent a year working for Mira Showers, where he was tasked with improving the efficiency of one of their electric shower pumps. He gained a lot of new skills and experienced living away from home for the first time.


 

Adam Russell

Adam Russell

Adam Russell spent time volunteering in India after graduating. He now works as a mechanical engineer for a theatre automation company and believes his experiences helped him stand out in his job interview.


 

Kerrie Davis

Kerrie Davis

For motorsport technology student Kerrie, a gap year in industry led to a trainee position at the company and sponsorship for the final year of her degree.


 

Alan Smithies in India with an elephant

Alan Smithies

Alan joined a Raleigh International expedition after graduating with a degree in architectural engineering. He joined the charity’s ten-week expedition in India working on sustainable community and environmental projects.


 

Charles Jones at work

Charles Jones

Charles undertook a Year in Industry (YINI) placement at Rolls-Royce before his final year of college and is now studying a MEng in aerospace engineering at the University of Sheffield.