Chris Dawson: building career connections
“I’m really looking forward to gaining business insight and building a relationship with my mentor. Through supporting the project, businesses are firstly building relations with a top university. Secondly they get their business in the view of students, this in turn makes them potential target employers.” Chris Dawson.Chris Dawson, a high achieving Computer Systems and Networks student, will receive professional mentoring from Paul O'Brian, Director of BT Service & Operations Lab, as part of the Tamar Engineering Project (TEP) scholarship.
The Project welcomes the support of companies such as BT, that use the opportunity to support and encourage the next generation of engineers and that recognise the value developing beneficial relationships.
“This Project will help to create engineers that have a much broader level of soft skills. This is beneficial because it means the engineers being created are much more adaptable.” Chris Dawson.
Stephen Ball, a mentor on the programme, came from a disadvantaged background and went on to become CEO of Lockheed Martin UK. His vision is for TEP to break down barriers which might deter high achieving, disadvantaged students from pursuing an engineering career through university.
“I am passionate about engineering and the opportunities it provides for people in life – and that is why I am supporting the Tamar Engineering Project with the University of Plymouth. A mentoring and access programme operating in collaboration with industry, like the Tamar Engineering Project can reach into socioeconomically vulnerable sections of society and provide critical support to academically excellent applicants.” Stephen Ball.