Jessica Hirst - BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

"Completing my engineering degree at Plymouth University has prepared me well for the future. Particularly, the various presentations required has massively improved my confidence and working with many different people has improved my teamwork skills."

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

All I’d say to myself is to make the most of every opportunity. I wouldn’t have done anything differently but know it could be easy to put things off and miss out on some amazing experiences, especially with moving somewhere new, where you know very few people. Just make the most of it! 

What was your main reason for choosing to study your course at Plymouth?  

Originally, I wanted to do a placement year which Plymouth offered. Although I didn’t end up doing a placement year I was extremely happy with my choice of coming to Plymouth, purely for the amazing location and having everything so close! 

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? 

The library service was key in helping me achieve my degree along with the help and support I received from lecturers on the course, particularly during my dissertation. Ultimately, the most helpful thing the University did was making it possible for me to go part time for my final year, allowing me to achieve the best I could and gain work experience at the same time. 

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

Studying at Plymouth has not changed my career aspirations. However, from my student ambassador role, it has made me aware of the fact that women should receive more encouragement when contemplating going into engineering. 

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

Being part of the Motorsport club was a highlight of university. I would encourage those starting university to find a club or society they are interested in and join it! 

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

Completing my engineering degree at Plymouth University has prepared me well for the future. Particularly, the various presentations required has massively improved my confidence and working with many different people has improved my teamwork skills.

Why would you recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University? 

There is a great balance. You will be sure to have a great time but everyone works hard when they need to. Especially in group work – which there is a lot of on the mechanical engineering course. 

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

Currently looking for a graduate position and looking into the possibility of doing a masters part time alongside starting a career.