Profile: Rebecca Heald
Course: MEng Mechanical Engineering with study abroad (Year 4)
From: Sutton Coldfield, UK
What inspired you to become an engineer?
I enjoyed both maths and physics at school, and engineering was the perfect combination of the two subjects.
Engineering is less theory based and more about applying your knowledge to solve real world problems which you can really relate to. I didn't know what kind of engineering I wanted to do, so I chose Mechanical as it is the broadest and combines aspects of civil and electrical engineering too.
I would love to be able to use my engineering skills to help develop a more sustainable future, especially for developing countries. Being able to change and save people's lives through engineering is something I have a huge passion for.
Why did you choose to study your engineering course at the University of Bristol?
Bristol is one of the top universities for studying Mechanical Engineering in the UK, and it’s also an amazing city with a lot of culture. It is also one of the few Mechanical Engineering courses that offer the opportunity to study abroad at top institutions all over the world.
What are the best things about studying your specific course at Bristol?
The best thing my course has allowed me to do was to spend my third year at the University of Melbourne in Australia, which was the most rewarding and exciting year of my life.
The focus on group work means that it's easy to make friends with the rest of your cohort, especially in the first year. This is invaluable throughout your degree as it means there's a great support network, especially when it comes to exams or coursework.
In your first year each student is assigned an Industrial Mentor. This is a great opportunity to be able to experience real world engineering. My mentor company was EDF energy and I got to visit Hinkley Point (the nuclear power station) which was not only interesting but a great insight into what engineers do on a day to day basis.
How do you think your degree will support your future career plans?
I am looking at going into Engineering & Technology Consulting. Having a Masters (MEng) degree from the University of Bristol has not only given me the expertise, but other transferable skills such as problem solving, collaboration and communication. This has made me the well-rounded individual that top Engineering companies are looking for.
What would you say to someone who is considering studying your course at the University of Bristol?
Studying Mechanical Engineering here has been the best four years of my life. Not only is Bristol undoubtedly one of the best University cities in terms of living, but choosing this course has definitely set me up for a successful career and future.
Because you spend so much time with other engineers throughout the course, everyone is so supportive which means you'll make great friends. The degree is so rewarding and so much fun, and I am happy I made the right choice.