Postgraduate courses expand your skills, further your knowledge and improve your career prospects.
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EASA-qualified aircraft engineers are globally sought after, and Nency Philip Selvaraju realised this could be her passport to travel the world while still allowing her to work with aircraft:
After graduating from the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering degree, I enrolled on to the postgraduate aviation programme, as this would allow me to apply for supervisory and managerial positions later on in my career, ideally in an airline quality or safety department.
The aviation degrees at USW are recognised worldwide so I was confident that the course would provide me with the skills, knowledge and expertise to succeed in the aviation industry.
The course covers a wide variety of tools, techniques and research methods, and how they can be applied to solve real-life problems within the aviation industry. My favourite module was Aircraft Systems Design and Optimisation, where teams of three to five students report and present on the development and certification of a next generation aircraft system.
Owain Morgan initially studied the part-time BEng Civil Engineering degree at USW while working with Capita Symonds as a CAD technician:
I decided I needed to gain more site experience so went to work for a major earthworks contractor, Walters UK Limited, on the Heads of the Valleys Section 3 project.
The most difficult aspect of being a part time postgraduate student on the MSc Civil and Structural Engineering was juggling my work commitments - which naturally increase with time - with the demands of a master’s course.
What’s more, given the quantity of work required for a postgraduate degree, it did take up quite a lot of personal time in the evenings and on weekends - however, I had expected this.
Luckily, I had the full support of my employer who ensured I had sufficient time to spend on my academic work, and understood that it was mutually beneficial for me to achieve the highest grade possible.
Konrad Ciechanowski was snapped up by GE Aviation before he had completed his engineering masters:
I was well prepared for this role as I did an internship with GE as part of my BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree.
The MSc Mechanical Engineering course taught me the theory behind quality and health and safety systems management.
The Strategic Leadership and Management for Engineers module was particularly valuable.
It introduced me to leadership theories and practice, particularly change and strategy management, which I use on a daily basis.
I also use the knowledge of advanced materials and manufacture every day.
Both BEng and MSc courses gave me a solid engineering technical knowledge, which is a must-have in the aviation business.
As a health, safety and environmental (HSE) professional back in Ghana, Joanne Kakra Mbroh felt she needed to expand her knowledge in current health and safety management practices towards professional and personal development:
Health and safety is a developing sector in Ghana and professional are highly required to manage health and safety in the workplaces and industries.
The SHEM qualification has made me eligible for a graduate membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). The course has increased my knowledge in Occupational Health and Safety Management systems (OHS MS) standards to be eligible for OHS MS lead auditor course and become an IRCA registered OHS MS Lead Auditor.
This MSc qualification will give me a competitive advantage in my health and safety career, as I have specialised and practical knowledge in business and risk management to deal with organisational risks and develop solutions to management issues.
When Craig Fletcher was choosing which profession to enter, he was attracted to Civil Engineering because of the variety of areas it covered, as well as the good future prospects available to graduates:
The Civil Engineering and Environmental Management degree is accredited for Chartered status and this was a key factor in choosing the course. What’s more, having studied my undergraduate degree at USW, I was familiar with the staff and facilities, both of which are a very high standard.
One of the most interesting projects I have been involved in was a group one. As part of a module on Integrative Project Planning and Management, we were tasked with the full design of an aerospace centre. It allowed us to be creative, whilst using our shared experience and team working skills to deliver the project.
I would highly recommend this civil engineering course to anyone who is looking to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng). My intention is to keep learning and developing. Having recently obtained my Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status, I now plan to sit my CEng professional review.
Adam Roberts, a Development Project Manager with United Welsh, has recently completed the MSc Construction Project Management at USW:
I was drawn to project management as I wanted a challenging, technical and rewarding career that would allow me to have a mixture of both office and site based work.
There is no such thing as a typical day in project management, meaning that one day you could be office based co-ordinating the project design team, and the next day, you could be on site inspecting works or discussing value engineering proposals to resolve issues.
It is this variation in workload that keeps me on my toes and is the reason why I would recommend this as a challenging and rewarding career option to anyone who shares my views.
The most important factor was selecting a course with RICS accreditation, as this would allow me to progress down route to becoming a Chartered Project Management Surveyor. Working full time alongside studying on this accredited course has allowed me to start my APC journey, meaning that I am now en-route to Chartered status.