I graduated from Newcastle University in 2018 with a degree in electrical engineering and decided I wanted to get a job in engineering straight away which led me to apply for SMD’s graduate scheme.
I chose SMD because of the opportunities that were available to me and also because I would be able to get a range of experience from different areas of the business. Each area offers opportunities to learn about different products, functions and processes which helps you develop as a well-rounded Engineer. As a company, SMD have been supportive and eager to help me develop.
When I started at SMD I had little practical experience in the engineering world, so for me one of the best things about SMD was the friendly and welcoming staff. Not only this, everyone I have worked with has been happy to share all of their experience and knowledge with me whenever I’ve had any questions or have been unsure about anything. This would be one of my key bits of advice for any graduate entering full time employment - ask as many questions as you can and learn from the experts around you. No one expects you to know everything and it accelerates with your development!
One of the highlights of my career so far at SMD has been working on their research and development projects. It is exciting to be involved in new product development because you get to see an idea develop from a concept to reality and to know you have been part of that process is really rewarding, not to mention that it gives you really good experience! In September 2022 I am getting the chance to work away a tour Shanghai office for six weeks which is exciting and will be great for my career progression.
The best piece of advice I could give to a new graduate who wants to work at SMD is to do your research. Be aware of what the company does and the type of direction the company could take you in. Plus, to make the most out of your career, you have to be passionate about what you do so don’t be afraid to let that come across in interviews.