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.

Matt Greenhalgh, electronic design engineer

Matt Greenhalgh - electronic design engineer

Matt took on the role of electronic design engineer after completing the Siemens UK graduate programme. Day-to-day he’ll work on a range of tasks from design work and testing through to processing changes and working with suppliers.

Philippa Jefferis

Philippa Jefferis - assistant engineer and project manager

After graduation Philippa joined Amey’s rotational placement graduation scheme, taking on a new role every six months. Her current focus is on the management of road networks.

James Bulleid, Highways technology director

James Bulleid - Highways technology director

From site engineer to managerial role: James has risen up the ranks at Costain since he graduated from his engineering and management MEng five years ago.

Lauren Attley

Lauren Attley - shadow applications engineer

Lauren joined automotive parts manufacturer ElringKlinger in 2011 as a technical assistant. Just four months in she began shadowing the current applications engineer with a view to taking over his role.

Neil Cuthbert

Neil Cuthbert - graduate civil engineer

A graduate civil engineer working for Atkins, Neil Cuthbert is part of a small team of structural engineers that support multidisciplinary design projects in the oil and gas industry.

Fay Lelliott

Fay Lelliott - graduate power engineer

Fay works as a graduate power engineer within the transmission and distribution division of Mott MacDonald’s power business and loves the variety the role provides.

Stuart Curtis

Stuart Curtis - mechanical engineering consultant

By planning ahead Stuart walked into his first career job straight after university. He’s discovered that working in a consultancy means you get to see and be part of the cutting edge of engineering and product design.

James Yates

James Yates - creative product design engineer

James became a creative product design engineer at HORIBA last October (2012). A versatile role, he’s found himself working with product R&D and marketing as well as working on visualisations for large scale projects.

Rebecca Threlfall graduating

Rebecca Threlfall - electronic systems analysis engineer

Originally wanting to go into mechanical engineering, Rebecca’s focus changed to the power sector after undertaking summer placements with Alstom Grid. She’s now gaining a wide breadth of experience at Frazer-Nash, working for its newly created Electronic Systems Analysis group. She loves life as a professional engineer and is already working towards gaining Chartered Engineer professional registration.

Michelle Barnett

Michelle Barnett - graduate software engineer

Graduate software engineer Michelle Barnett talks about her first year working as an engineer. She tells her job-hunting story, shares her experiences of settling in during the first few weeks and the ups and downs of the job.

Nadeera Madumal

Nadeera Madumal - instrumentation and control engineer

Working in the instrumentation and control department of the Ceylon Electricity BoardinSriLanka,NadeeraMadumal has stepped up to the challenge of fault finding and system maintenance.

Naomi Mitchison

Naomi Mitchison - hardware engineer

Work experience prepared her well, but Naomi Mitchison still felt a bit lost when she started her first full-time job. Thanks to support from her team she's settled in well and enjoys the variety her role brings.

Ramanathan Jothi

Ramanathan Jothi - project engineer

Working as a project engineer for Siemens in India, Ranamathan is currently in the third role of his professional career. His focus is on electrical automation and he is involved in everything from the tendering process through to design work on drawings, technical catalogues and manuals. Here he offers his advice on how young engineers can help themselves stand out and talks of his future career plans.

Bushair Ahmed

Bushair Ahmed - electrical engineer - WorleyParsons

Bushair Ahmed's first graduate job is working as an electrical engineer for engineering consultancy WorleyParsons in the United Arab Emirates. Here he explains how the first weeks were tough, as he proved himself professionally, and what surprised him about working life. He talks about how he's grown personally and professionally and the great opportunities young professional engineers have.

Shiva Pillay

Shiva Pillay - graduate electrical engineer at Transpower New Zealand

Hunting for work during the recession, Shiva Pillay's summer work placement at a power utility helped him land a place on Transpower's graduate scheme. Rotating through departments has given Pillay a chance to try out a wide variety of roles and to pick up a number of new skills on the way. Support and guidance from senior engineers also made the move from university to workplace much easier than he expected.

Jia Hwang Tew

Jia Hwang Tew - software engineer at Gemalto Singapore

Jia Tew Huang is a software engineer at Gemalto Singapore, working in research and development (R&D) for its telecommunication business. He began working here in 2008 after graduation and he shares what life has been like during the first three years of full-time work. The opportunities to work abroad, improve current skills and gain new ones meant that working life exceeded all of his expectations.

Sharif Alghowail

Sharif Alghowail - IT graduate at Thales

What's life like as the new guy on an IT graduate scheme? Sharif Alghowail, 25, shares his first experiences of working life. He talks about how the experience joining Thales was quite intense, how he was surprised at how relaxed people are at work and how much an employer trusts you with your own work and time. He also talks about becoming much more relaxed and confident now he's settled in and the training opportunities he's had to date.

Chris O’Shea

Chris O'Shea - software engineer - Cassidian

Chris O'Shea followed up a recommendation from his professor by checking out EADS' stand at a local career fair. Although he had a masters degree lined up, he applied for the graduate scheme and the rest is history. He loves the variety of his work at Cassidian Systems. Currently technical lead on a military comms research project, the work is hard and the hours long, but very rewarding. Coming full circle he plans to further his education by completing a research degree whilst at the company.