Young engineers share their gap year stories: from undertaking a year in industry to volunteering across the world.
Now a mechanical hydropower engineer working on projects worldwide, Rebecca took a year out after her A levels as a break from education and an opportunity to see the world.
Alastair took a gap year in order to gain experience and make himself more employable. He spent this time volunteering for the Ravenglass and Eskdale Heritage Railway.
With six months free between graduation and the start of his Rolls-Royce’s graduate scheme, Colin organised his very own ‘Engineering Research Tour’ that saw him travel all over the globe.
Amy spent a year working abroad in France and Germany during her language studies and then spent a further year in China. This broadened her horizons and helped to shape her future career decisions, which involved a move into engineering.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.