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Chloe Lipton

Career Path: Engineering Officer (Aero systems), Royal Air Force
Location: Hedgerley, UK

Chloe LiptonI have never wanted to do another job. I signed up to the defence technical undergraduate scheme when I was 16 and was sponsored by the Air Force through sixth form and received a bursary for university as well as many extracurricular opportunities. I completed my undergraduate dgree at Northumbria and went straight to my initial officer training at Cranwell.

What are you doing now?

Due to injury I am still waiting to complete my initial officer training however I hope to gain my commission by May this year.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

The sporting opportunities and facilities were brilliant and Newcastle is a great city to live in as a student.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

The course was well-balanced in terms of lectures, seminars and team projects. I found the feedback to be very constructive. As a course rep, it was my job to raise concerns regarding the course with the faculty staff. The staff were very reasonable under these circumstances and made this a smooth process.

What was the best thing about your course?

The facilities available.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

My course gave me a great breadth of knowledge which will help me within my chosen career path. The project work which involved design and analysis provided useful skills which will be very useful and relevant in my future.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

The design and analysis skills will be ones that I will use throughout my career.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The people I studied with and the interesting design and project work.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?:

Balance your work and play time well, there are many brilliant academic and social opportunities within the city and the University itself. It is important to get the most out of your university experience and the great number of sports teams, clubs and societies, as well as the newcastle nightlife, makes Northumbria brilliant for this.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?:

Interesting, enjoyable and varied.

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