• Question: Did you try any other career paths before you decided to stick with your current one? If so, what did you try?

    Asked by log123 to Amit, Emily, Jo, Martin, Paige on 16 Mar 2012.
    • Photo: Martin Wallace

      Martin Wallace answered on 15 Mar 2012:


      I have had a couple of jobs before this one.
      After university I got a job as an engineer with a spacecraft manufacturer in Portsmouth. This was really interesting and I enjoyed the work very much. In that time I got married and after 5 years we decided to move back to Yorkshire where we have a lot of friends and family.
      When we moved I got a job with a company that made air-conditioning systems. The work was relatively interesting but the people in the office were nowhere near as friendly or as helpful as I’d thought they would be and a lot of the time they didn;t give me much work to do – that might sound good, but for an engineer it is INCREDIBLY frustrating – so I got bored very quickly.
      I decided that even though I hadn’t been there very long I needed to find a new job – which I did and now I couldn’t be happier. I really enjoy the work, the people, and the environment. I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can do in this role and what new products I can come up with.

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      Emily Bullen answered on 16 Mar 2012:


      Not as such. Having done chemical engineering I was pretty sure I wanted to work in the pharmaceutical industry, and I was lucky enough to get a job where I wanted first time round.
      I had various other jobs while I was at uni, but they were never meant to be a career (although I did enjoy being a waitress for a time)

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      Joanne Davies answered on 16 Mar 2012:


      Hello again lob123. Another interesting question. 🙂

      I was a Nanny when I left school.
      Then I worked in the hospitality industry (bars, restaurants, hotels) for a number of years before I went to university to study Product Design and Manufacture.

      I like the job I have now the best, because it keeps me busy and I learn new things every day. I found my other jobs quite mundane and repetitive.

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      Paige Brown answered on 16 Mar 2012:


      I have always been a biological engineering student or a science writer… but if I could, I would try environmental engineering or being a science teacher!

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      Amit Pujari answered on 16 Mar 2012:


      No, since completing my undergrad I have worked in Biomedical engineering.

      But as biomedical engg is a big area, I worked on various things………..
      As a graduate engineer, I worked on X-ray devices used for repairing clogged hearts
      In my MSc, I worked on MRI images, to separate brain tumors
      For my PhD, I worked on a vibration device to improve muscle strength
      Now I am working on artificial knees……….

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