Early career - case studies

Newly qualified engineers and technicians share their experiences of starting work full-time.

Want to know what life is actually like when you start working full-time as a qualified engineer or technician? A number of young professionals have taken the time to give you an insight into their own experiences of moving from education into a working environment. What the first few weeks were like, how easy it was to settle in, what they've experienced during their first year and what they wish they'd known when they began...it's all here for you to find out.

Jowaria Sohail

Jowaria Sohail, senior executive engineer

Jowaria works as a senior executive engineer at Warid Telecom in Pakistan. She’s currently working towards completing her master’s degree and has plans to pursue a PhD.

Stephanie Alexander, Graduate Engineer

Stephanie Alexander, graduate engineer

Stephanie joined Bosch as a graduate engineer after completing her BSc (Hons) in Motorsport Technology at the University of Hertfordshire.

Ozak Esu, graduate engineer

Ozak Esu, graduate engineer

Ozak started work as a graduate engineer for Cundall, a multidisciplinary engineering consultancy, whilst finishing her PhD in electronic and electrical engineering. Her current role involves designing buildings’ electrical services.

Becky Ford

Becky Ford - structural technician

After studying architecture and working as a maths teacher, Becky made a career change. She has now been working as a trainee structural engineer for two years.

James McNally

James McNally - applications engineering specialist

James has been working as an applications engineering specialist with National Instruments for two and a half years. He talks about how he landed this role, what it was like to start working full-time and what he’s learnt so far.

Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin - structural engineer

Sarah works as a structural engineer for Michael Barclay Partnership (MBP), a small/medium sized office of engineers, CAD technicians and an admin team. She was lucky enough to take on this role straight from university in mid 2012.

Past early career case studies

Explore our entire archive of early career case studies, where newly qualified engineers and technologists share their experiences on starting work full-time.