• Question: what qualifications did you gain and were they usefull to your current job

    Asked by 463mgrq48 to Shruti, Mark, Faranak, Alistair on 13 Mar 2019.
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      Faranak Bahrami answered on 13 Mar 2019:

      So after my High school diploma which was in Mathematics and Physics discipline, I came to the UK. Did 3 years to get a Bachelor (Hons) in biomedical engineering. At this point when you get your Bachelor in the UK you are called an engineer, and you can go and find a job and start working. But you can also choose to do a Masters degree to study a certain field in more depth and be more qualified (this can increase your salary for your future career), so I did my Masters in Biomedical Engineering for one year. After that I realised I would like to go into research and do a Doctorate, so I chose to do Engineering Doctorate in Micro and Nano materials (basically materials engineers), which was a change from my background (biomedical engineering), so I had to read and learn a lot of things that I didn’t know. this degree is 4 (for PhD students it can be 3 years) year and it’s the highest university qualification that you can get. I’m currently on my 3rd year. When you choose to do a doctorate, you do research on a very niche field. You will be the expert on that field (which can lead to getting higher salaries, because you are the expert). So depends how much time you want to study, I had many friends who went to get a job right after their first degree and they are doing very good as well, and I also have friends like me, who did their doctorate, chose the right industry, and they are very well-paid now! I hope that answers your question 🙂

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      Shruti Turner answered on 13 Mar 2019:

      I did my GCSEs, A Levels and then did my bachelors degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, my masters degree in Biomedical Engineering and now doing a PhD working with prosthetics.
      I think each stage was useful because it taught me something new about myself and my interests, but also things that have helped me going forward. The content of maths and physics etc is important for an engineer, but by doing history and english I learned to write critically and present my findings concisely. Everything helps in some way, even if you don’t see it at the time.