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Syed Emir Bin Syed Mohar Plant engineer in MMC-Gamuda KVMRT (Tunneling), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

MEng Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace, 2017

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There were many things I enjoyed about my programme. But honestly, the best part was making some of my best friends along the way. When I entered, we were the second batch ever, hence there were very few people; only around 20 plus. This made us become a very tight group and I could literally say that anyone could be considered as a good friend. There’s just something special about sharing 4 years of your life with people of a similar mindset as yours.

It was the best of both worlds, you get to experience what it was like to study in a British university, while still in the comfort and familiarity of your own country.

What is the best part of your job?

There are two things that I would consider to be the best part of my job. 1) The technology we are currently working on here is still considered to be relatively new, and unlike anything I have learnt before, hence making the process of acquiring the knowledge both frightening and exciting. 2) The small team of people I currently work with are the best co-workers I could ever ask for.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Southampton Malaysia?

When the option opened itself to me, it looked like it had the best of both worlds. You get to experience what it is like to study in a British university, while still in the comfort and familiarity of your own country. This helped me to slowly adjust to the UK system of education, before finally ending up in the UK campus 2 years later, which to my surprise, I met with little culture shock! It is also a more economical way of experiencing university overseas since it involves 2 years at the campus in Malaysia and 2 years at the campus in the UK, instead of having your full 4 years in the UK.

What were the best things about studying at the campus in Malaysia and the campus in the UK?

Both these campuses are great to study in for different reasons. In the Malaysian campus, you have one of the best student-to-lecturer ratios in any university. Compared to other universities where you always had to keep on your toes to see if your lecturer had a free slot to help you with that equation you just can’t seem to make heads or tails of, I had almost no problems in finding help for any academic (or even personal) that I might have needed. However, studying in the UK campus was really good too. Even though you had to work harder to find lecturers to help with your problems (which shouldn’t be a problem as you would somewhat know the system as a third year) the amount of labs and engineering facilities definitely more than makes up for it. Southampton has one of the largest wind tunnels under University ownership in the UK, which proved to be quite fascinating, being someone who was studying Aerospace.

How did the university prepare you for employment?

In many ways, the university is definitely more than able to prepare you for employment. Even though I personally did not enlist the university’s help, there are people I know who took advantage of the services the university provided, to get career advice and such. The university is also definitely not short of career fairs that expose students to many interesting industries and companies.

What advice would you give to current students to help them secure their first job?

Honestly, don’t be shy in applying. Don’t tell yourself that this job is too big for you, that you should settle for the job that is already waiting for but you are not interested in. Be brave but not brash, research thoroughly and carefully about the industry and company you are planning to apply for, touch up on your people skills (super important) and communication, and most importantly don’t be discouraged when you get rejected! Every rejection is a step for improvement that could bring you one step closer to the employment that you want.

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