BEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering student, Gedion Muteti decided to make a big move to Wales to study the rest of his degree at USW after completing his first year of University at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
“I chose to move to South Wales because I have friends in various places around the UK including London and Leeds. USW seemed to be a central point with great transport links and a lower cost of living. The scenery in South Wales is also beautiful with places like Brecon and Tenby nearby.
As an international student, I felt the move to Wales was a positive one as the people are all so friendly and there is a strong international community here at USW. I have got myself involved with many activities run by the Meeting House and also joined a Futsal team where I met a lot of friends. There are plenty of places nearby to work as well, meaning I could have a part-time job while I studied.”
During his second year at USW, Gedion had the opportunity to do a placement at Biotage in Caerphilly which he found on ‘UniLife Connect’.
“Before coming to Wales, I didn’t even have a CV. With the help of the library services, I managed to create a CV and cover letter and even arranged to have mock interviews. I then applied for the position at Biotage to work as part of the Engineering team, which I enjoyed. The people there were very experienced and able to teach me many practical skills that backed up the theoretical knowledge gained from my course.”
After graduating in July, Gedion secured a full-time job at the Centre for Automotive & Power Systems Engineering (CAPSE) where he works on projects involving testing electrical batteries for various major battery suppliers.
“The job at CAPSE was advertised on the University website and it was one of my lecturers that made me aware and encouraged me to apply. Originally, I thought I wanted to pursue a career in car systems however, my current job at CAPSE concentrates on automotive engineering, which has turned out to be something that I enjoy very much.
I would recommend that students take the opportunity to do a placement if they can as not only is it helpful to gain the experience of working in the industry, it also helps you decide if that is the right job for you and gives you an idea of the different career paths you can take.”