Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Industry insight: why internships bring you further than just a university education

Adrien Gallet, SELA Cohort 2016

When taking into consideration that the 2016 SELA cohort were just fresher's two years that had just begun their university education, it is quite humbling to realize that some of us got to work on some engineering projects this summer which have a direct impact on the world around us.

As a second-year engineering student, I had the fortunate opportunity of working for 7 weeks this summer at BE Design, a Civil and Structural Engineering consultancy that operates in a broad range of industry and residential sectors. Personally, I helped design the sub-structure of a 200m x 70m distribution centre, and you'd be amazed by the quantity of work that goes into just that.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Three reasons why I joined SELA

Germayne Williams-Sylvester, SELA Cohort 2017

Since starting my first year at the University of Sheffield, I’ve tried my best to look beyond my course, Material Science and Engineering, to broaden my horizons and get as involved as possible with any opportunies that became available to me. First year is where you set the foundations, and build the habits that will follow you into your subsequent years; it is not to be squandered. How you set yourself up, and the environment you put yourself into, have a huge influence on what you can and cannot achieve in future years.

I’ve become entangled with the dancing societies, learning dances such as salsa, bachata and kizomba at every opportunity. I’ve become the chief projectionist for the Film Unit society, and, towards the end of the year, I was ecstatic to find that I had been accepted into SELA. With my enrollment on this programme, I feel as though I have fully achieved what I set out to do this year. SELA has the potential to boost my university experience in an extraordinary way, and here I’ll outline the 3 things I hope to get out of my journey with the programme.