Chiara Rivetti - BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering

"The final year project was an incredible learning process and an experience that tightened the relationship and friendship with all my course mates."

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

Always plan in advance: coursework, revision, CV, placement, postgraduate studies and jobs prospects. 

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

Being an international student I could not be present at the open day because of travelling restraints, but the guidance that the department leaders gave me was fundamental for making Plymouth my firm choice. I felt welcome from the very start. Last but not least, living by the sea makes the whole place special. 

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?

During my study I benefitted the most from the employability councillor as I was supported step by step in the writing of an effective CV. The library is one of the strengths of the University providing access 24/7 and with a rich selection of books and articles supporting my studies. 

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

The employment fairs organised by the University were an incredible platform from which to start creating a professional network and where to find inspiration for my future after graduation. The support from lecturers and the modules studied gave me all the necessary requirements to be offered a place at ETH, 9th in the “Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17”.

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

Without any doubt the final year project. Probably the hardest thing I had to work for but was an incredible learning process and an experience that tightened the relationship and friendship with all my course mates.

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

Studying at Plymouth involves a lot of group work, one of the most dreaded projects some people might say. On the contrary I say! Group work is probably one of the best opportunities - students get an experience of the real life challenges. Working with a team, making the tasks flow and work for the best possible result and for success are skills to learn, constantly develop and treasure. 

Why would you recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University?

Because of the quality of teaching and support received from the lecturers. 

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

My plan after graduation is to move to Switzerland to start a masters course in Management, Technology, and Economics at ETH. 

If you are an international student, how did we help you to get used to living and studying in the UK?

There are many international support groups and events run by the University. I have personally always felt at ease and welcome in the community. Living in halls in my first year was fundamental to meet UK students, start experiencing the culture and getting used to the new lifestyle. Clubs and societies supported by the University have been another incredible opportunity to blend in and start feeling part of the community. 

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