The University of Southampton
Engineering and the EnvironmentUndergraduate study

Elisavet Hadjiodysseos  MEng Mechanical Engineering, current student

Process Engineer/Manufacturing Intern, Siemens Healthcare

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From a young age I enjoyed the physics behind how things worked, spent hours disassembling things to find out more about their mechanisms, and tried to build and repair new things. Mechanical engineering was the choice that suited my interests best due to its subject broadness and technical application of physics and maths.

Why did you choose to study this course?

The idea of engineering was something that always fascinated me. From a young age I enjoyed the physics behind how things worked, spent hours disassembling things to find out more about their mechanisms and tried to build and repair new things. Mechanical engineering was the choice that suited my interests best due to its subject broadness and technical application of physics and maths.

Why did you choose to come to the University of Southampton?

The University of Southampton is one of the best universities in the UK for Mechanical Engineering. I was impressed mostly by the teaching equipment and the laboratories available to students. A significant factor that affected my university choice was the structure of the MEng course.

What has been the highlight of your course so far?

The semester abroad in the US, offered by the MEng course at the beginning of my third year. The University gave me the chance to tailor my degree based on my own preferences. Studying abroad was an amazing experience.

How did the University help you to secure your placement, or help to prepare you for your placement?

Career services helped me with the preparation of my CV. Assignments and projects not only boosted my CV but also made me a competent candidate.

What have you enjoyed most so far about your placement?

The amount of responsibility you are given and how you are made to feel part of the team. I love seeing how everything I was taught at university comes to life and how I am applying both my knowledge and critical thinking skills to solve problems.

What are your career plans after you’ve completed your course?

Throughout this placement I have realised that this field suits me. I still do not have specific career plans but I know I would like to work as a process engineer.

How do you think your placement will help you in your career?

Engineering is a really broad major. This placement exposed me to different aspects of engineering and made me realise what I like and dislike. Having a year placement also boosts your CV and prepares you to make the right choices in your fouth and final year.

What advice would you offer to students who are considering a placement?

Studying engineering can be overwhelming. A year in industry helps you see what engineering jobs are like in real life. It helps you make connections with companies and prepares you for your final year. It is a way to confirm that what you are studying is what you would like to do for the rest of your life. It also helps you decide if you want to have a career in industry or an academic career. And, last but not least, it increases your employability.

 

 

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