Wednesday, 6 January 2021

What I hope to gain from SELA

As we have just started the new academic year, that means a fresh incoming SELA cohort. With that in mind, we caught up with some of SELA’s new recruits. We’ve asked five of SELA’s fresh faced recruits to explain what they hope to gain from SELA in the coming years and how they think this will benefit them in their discipline. 

Jonathan Paylor, studying Material Engineering

‘The main thing I hope to develop from the SELA programme is experience working alongside others from a range of engineering disciplines. This is important for all engineers, however I believe this is even more prominent materials engineers, who might be the only specialist from their area present in the company/project group. Being able to effectively communicate with other engineers is vital for my development as a materials engineer. Participating in SELA will enable me to learn how to delegate tasks effectively to group members based on their areas of expertise, ensuring problems are tackled strategically and cost-time effectively. This is something that I hope to replicate in industry as a materials engineer.’

Fábio Teixeira, studying Mechanical Engineering

‘The importance of interpersonal skills to a Mechanical Engineer is widely recognised. Amongst all SELA activities working in teams is featured heavily. I expect this to help improve my abilities to present my ideas properly, and help me with generating the best harmony possible between the members of a team. Apart from technical matters, mechanical engineers require a high level of creativity and problem-solving mentally. I forecast that the weekly workshops will allow the whole cohort to develop these characteristics. Overall, I foresee SELA to be the programme that provides us with the tools to shape a brighter future.’

Rhithika Srinivasan, studying Aerospace Engineering

‘I believe that it is pointless to learn different skill sets without a chance to apply them in real life. The beauty of SELA is that it provides students the opportunity for application of the knowledge and skills that are learnt while being in University. It also enables its members to learn by providing experience in projects, presentations, and workshops which are essential to increase participation within a workplace. A few key skills for Aerospace Engineers are problem solving, creativity, innovative thinking, attention to details, teamwork, design, and analytical thinking which can be acquired from the projects and activities conducted by SELA. I am more than excited and looking forward to having that chance to learn, grow, and share’

David George, studying Chemical Engineering

‘Joining SELA, I hope to compliment my technical chemical engineering skills by developing transferable skills such as team work, leadership, communication and networking, to support and accelerate any career path I embark on. I hope to gain practical experiences implementing the skills I have learnt on real projects in multidisciplinary teams to develop solutions. Finally, I am looking forward to exploring career choices and gaining insight from the many guest speakers from industry and research about the vast array of industries and sectors I can enter. Ultimately I hope to gain skills and experiences to develop both personally and professionally throughout my time on the programme.’

One of the SELA Foundational Attributes emphasised in the SELA programme is that of flexibility; the ability to adapt to changing circumstances is something SELA strives to cultivate in all its members. It is in that spirit that SELA is continuing to evolve, even in these uncertain times, to ensure the quality of the programme is maintained and the unparalleled learning experience preserved even as SELA moves to an online format.

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