What I did next…
In the second of this new series, Your Life speaks to students who recently studied STEM subjects at A Level to find out what they did next…
Here we speak to student Jaime Fowler, aged 20:
I’m currently in my second year at Coventry University, studying Mechanical Engineering.
After A-levels, I took a gap year but instead of going travelling, I did a Year in Industry placement as I felt so passionate about engineering. The Year in Industry scheme is part of the Engineering Development Trust and covers both pre-University (straight from A-levels) and sandwich year students (usually between years 3 and 4 of an engineering degree). Although it seems unusual for a girl to be interested in engineering as it’s such a male-dominated world, I found that actually out of five yinis (year in industry) at my workplace, three of them were girls!
Working as a Year in Industry Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce in Nottingham didn’t just mean making the tea and photocopying, it was a proper structured scheme, ensuring I was working on proper tasks. It was also a valuable life experience – an amazing opportunity to live away from home, become independent and save some money ready for University.
Throughout that year, I became a STEM ambassador, a Bloodhound ambassador (which involved visiting schools and events to promote STEM subjects) and a member of the iMechE, as well as making lots of great new friends!
I finished my first year at Coventry University with an overall 2:1 and didn’t have to resit anything! The first semester was mostly exam-based while the second semester was more practical-based. Overall, I feel like I’ve learnt so much already. I feel really excited about my future career as a female mechanical engineer!