How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and interesting career? 

Mainly the industry itself; my long term aspirations are for a career in material testing and engineering, and with steel being the world’s most recyclable material British Steel seemed like the perfect choice for me. The size and scope of British Steel was a big factor as well; it’s a reputable company and you associate the name with quality.

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What did you study?

I did my BEng Mechanical Engineering at University of Leicester

What duties does your new role include?

In Testing Solutions we use LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) to analyse wire rod samples of steel. The laser analyses carbon segregation in the steel, which is important because we want to ensure our customers get the best quality products, and it’s also a process I find really interesting too which is great. There’s variety in the role too; I deal with contractors, engineers and customers because it involves moving materials from one location to another, so project management is a big aspect of my role as well.

How did your degree prepare you for your new position?

My engineering projects at university were mainly materials based so that allowed me to hit the ground running. I wrote a technical report at university analysing how nickel based materials changed after heat treatment, and I also used optical microscopes to analyse the microstructure of materials, so you could say that microanalysis really set me up for my new job.

What are your new colleagues like?

Really knowledgeable, supportive and willing to help, which is great when you’re new. My manager is spot on and there’s a mix of young and old, which is good because you get the older guys passing on their expertise to the graduates.

What advice do you have for anyone thinking of joining?

Apply early, make sure your CV is on point. Try and demonstrate specific knowledge of the role you’re applying for. Extra-curricular stuff is always great too because it shows you did other stuff at uni besides your studies.