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Mr Kieran Roberts-Bee

Career Path: Safety Test Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.
Location: West Midlands, UK

I found out about role through connections made during my placement year, as it was similar to the work I had been doing in my placement I was able to get in as a direct candidate rather than through the Graduate Scheme. I very quickly took to the role and became the main Engineer for a test rig within a couple of months, since then I have gone on to train another Engineer.

What are you doing now?Kieran Roberts-Bee

I continue to work with other Engineers conducting safety tests, learning new test rigs and writing test procedures for rigs I'm trained on.

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

Good location in a great city, I also had the option to enter through a foundation course to make up for a lack of effort in previous years.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Overall a wide variety of subjects covered with a good mix of activities.

How connected was your course with industry?

My placement year was very useful for securing a job in industry. There was also a couple of guest lecturers who could advise on industry.

What was the best thing about your course?

It was very accessible and support was provided when sought out.

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

The optional final year modules were useful for focusing your understanding prior to choosing types of career you might want.

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

Mainly the skills involved in researching, planning, conducting and reporting the results of a project. These are very transferable to many engineering jobs.

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

Achieving consistent good results, resulting in a 1st class degree.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria? 

Lots of opportunities to be had, don't be shy and get involved.

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

Rewarding, successful and challenging.

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