- From Bradford
- Placement year and graduate role at Rolls Royce
Sadaf chose to study in her home city of Bradford, and set her sights on Birmingham for graduation - she's heading there to start her career at Rolls Royce.
"Studying at the University of Bradford allowed me to stay near home, whilst studying the subject I wanted to study.
"I’ve enjoyed every bit of my time spent studying in Bradford. My course has allowed me to stretch my limits and step out of my comfort zone to try new things and master them!
"My whole experience at the University of Bradford has been invaluable and precious.
"I’ve enjoyed my course a lot. In particular, I’ve always been impressed by the help provided by the staff when it comes to thinking about future and choosing your career.
"There has always been someone to talk to whenever needed - I think that was great because it made me realise how much effort is put in to teaching us, and I should put the same effort to make my time at university all worthwhile!"
Completely new person
An industry placement year can make a big difference for students trying to secure a job on graduation. Sadaf spent her placement year working within Control and Data Services at Rolls Royce, and soon realised the huge benefits it would have: "Let’s be frank I wasn’t confident that much!
"Professionalism is something you learn whilst on placement, when you return to university you feel like you’ve developed to be a completely new person.
"When I returned to continue my degree I became more organised and confident, I knew my goals when I came back to university which helped me set my schedule and work to achieve them."
And in her final year, Rolls Royce offered her a job: "The industry placement has no doubt helped me to develop my future, I applied for a graduate job with the same company and thankfully I secured a job there.
"I will be joining the Rolls Royce Graduate Scheme in Birmingham.
"Initially I’ll be starting as a Graduate Software Engineer, but I will have the option to switch between different departments to see what exactly I want to pursue my career in.
"Software Engineering involves software design, low level testing, hardware/software integration, system requirements, and the list goes on. So I’ll explore all the different areas it covers - I could potential switch to a completely different department such as Electronics Engineering.
"I’m really looking forward to getting a taste of all the areas to get a scope for how the industry works."
Grab every opportunity
So, any tips for others looking to aim high in their career?
"Make the most of the time you have in university, grab every opportunity provided to help you improve and get yourself ready for future. Just keep going, even if you fall, get up and continue."
As a woman beginning her a career in engineering and technology, Sadaf encourages others to do the same:
"I myself was scared once, but now that I have studied and worked in this field I would ask more females to consider the area, the demand is there.
"Don’t be scared of the fact it’s mostly not a female-led field. Your ambitions should be all you need to step forward.
"Don’t underestimate yourself. If you work hard, things will begin to fall into place."