Alexander Hart – BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Composites

"I have loved my time here, and I have met some great people. The course I chose has put me in good stead to follow a lucrative career in a growing industry, and no other university offers it."

Imagine you were about to start university again - with the benefit of hindsight - what would you now tell yourself to have done differently?

Start coursework early and go to every lecture (including the 9 o’clocks!)

What was your main reason for choosing to study your course at Plymouth? With hindsight how significant was this for you)?

Accreditation was absolutely vital to me. I wanted to get into the aerospace industry, hence I chose to study mechanical engineering at Plymouth. On the Applicant Day, on a whim I visited the composites laboratory, and decided to take it up as my degree.

How did we support you in your studies? If you used any support services whilst at the university how did they enable you to get to where you are today? 

Both the careers service and the library have been vital in sculpting my degree to what it is today. The encouragement I received to pursue a placement enthused me and ended up landing me a role at GE Aviation.

How did studying at Plymouth change your career aspirations and plans? 

In spite of my degree, I have grown further from the engineering industry in a pure sense. After my placement, I found that I wanted to work in the supply chain industry (a far cry from my original intentions).

What is your favourite memory of studying for your degree at Plymouth? 

It is a cliché, but finally submitting my last coursework for my degree. The years of graft amounting to that moment were certainly worth it, and I will remember it forever.

How well did Plymouth prepare you for the challenges that you have faced, or will face, in your career? 

The large breadth of group projects I experienced in my degree allowed me to immerse myself in my placement, and I imagine it will only benefit me more when I begin my graduate scheme.

Why would you recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University? 

I have loved my time here, and I have met some great people. The course I chose has put me in good stead to follow a lucrative career in a growing industry, and no other university offers it.

What will your next move (job or further study) be after graduation? 

I am moving straight into a graduate scheme at DHL in their supply chain business. Though not directly related to my degree, the transferrable skills I obtained during my time here have proven exceptionally valuable time and time again.

If you did a placement how did this impact on your short and long term career plans? 

My placement was an eye-opening experience that encouraged me to look further than just within my subject area for a long term career. It gave me the motivation to push myself through my final year with vigour (and gave me enough money to pursue my Private Pilot's Licence!).