During school, I was on the fence about whether to chase the six-figure bonuses of the financial industry, or settle for less in a career that genuinely interested me, which for me was always maths type puzzles and problem solving. I studied A-levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Finance, and ultimately chose to study Engineering to keep my options open for the future.

Under the broad title of Engineering, there will inevitably be some subjects that you find tedious, and others that you find extremely interesting and inspire you to keep studying. The flexibility of the Engineering Design course, with respect to streams and module choices, is extremely useful in allowing you to find the areas that interest you, and then shape your degree around this. During the course I found that I had an intuition for Aerodynamics, and as a popular route into working in Formula One (something I aspired to), I chose the Aerospace stream for the 2nd year, and then specialised in Aerodynamics through module choices in the 4th and 5th years.

The strengths of the industrial links of Engineering Design and the support provided helped me to gain an internship at Atkins for the summer after the first year of the degree, where I worked in their Aerospace department. This then set me up with good experience to gain a placement at Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 Team for the year in industry, and now, after graduating, this experience has greatly aided me in gaining a full time position as an aerodynamicist with Williams F1. The structure of this course and the work experience you will gain will be extremely useful for not only improving yourself and your employability, but more importantly, for working out whether you will enjoy a career in the area that you are heading towards.

A final mention should be made of the small cohort size of Engineering Design, which means that it receives excellent academic support, and you can quickly get to know everyone on the course. In the later years, knowing each other well naturally led to a competitive environment, which no doubt pushed me to work much harder myself. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this course to anyone that is currently considering studying Engineering.

Matthew Wincott 2017, Aerodynamics Engineer
Matthew Wincott 2017, Aerodynamics Engineer

Matthew Wincott

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