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Ryan Walker

Career Path: Sales Engineer, DPS
Location: Northern Ireland, UK

Ryan WalkerI started my career at a medical devices company as a service engineer. I developed technical and troubleshooting skills which led me into my current role to focus more on an applications side of my degree.

What are you doing now?

I'm currently engaging in pumping solutions by constructing bespoke systems for customers.

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

Aside from being located in an amazing city, Northumbria provided a wide variety of clubs and societies. If you like it, there's a club for it.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I was never without help at Northumbria. The healthy balance of lectures and seminars on my course backed up the teaching on the course. The labs reinforced what was taught, showing an applications point of view of sometimes difficult to understand concepts.

How connected was your course with industry?

There was many links with local well renowned companies which provided insightful placements into the world of industry. The societies in the Uni would also organise guest lecturers to talk about current affairs in the world of engineering and providing a wider view of the course we studied.

What was the best thing about your course?

The assistance from lecturers. I was never at a point where I felt like I couldn't speak to any of them. Even if it wasn't related to their course they would meet with you and help as much as they could.

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

The variety of modules allowed me to get a grasp of all aspects of engineering while in my final year I decided on modules that helped me tailor my course to my desired field.

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

Not going to lie, the social aspects. Of course you go to university to study, but being able to really enjoy your downtime makes all the work seem easy.

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

Go for it, best decision I ever made.

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

Honestly, proper mint.

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