Now I can say without any doubt that engineering is the career path for me

It was eye-opening to hear about the different paths others were taking to become professional engineers.

Who are you?

My name is Rudo Chawasarira and I’m a Career Ready student at Bournville College of Further Education. I got a place on the Headstart programme in 2015 and attended the University of Liverpool.

What made you apply for a place on the Headstart programme?

I wanted to experience university life as well as understand what career plans other engineering students had after their degree. 

What were your ambitions before you started the Career Ready programme?

Before I joined Career Ready I knew I wanted to pursue a career within the engineering sector but wasn’t too sure which stream to take – I was torn  between aerospace and electrical engineering. 

What advantages do you think the Headstart programme has given you?

Headstart gave me a brief but in-depth look into a career as an aerospace engineer. I found that it is the hardest engineering degree and it needs someone who is agile, hardworking but committed to achieving the best they can. 

Headstart also gave me the opportunity to meet other students who had the same aspirations and it was eye-opening to hear about the different paths others were taking to become professional engineers.

Why would you recommend Headstart to others?

Headstart solidified my decision on what subject I wanted to study – it helped me finally decide that engineering was for me. I found that engineers are very much in demand – only 10% of the engineering population are females and hopefully by 2020 I will be part of the targeted 15%.

What are your future plans?

I have now been offered a place at the University of Liverpool, where I took part in Headstart, to study a BEng in Avionic Systems which combines the elements of aviation and electronics. 

Without Career Ready, and the opportunity to complete the Headstart programme, I would still be questioning my future and what I want to do after college. Now I can say without any doubt that engineering is the career path for me.

To apply for this year’s Headstart programme, download an application pack and email it to email to Ian Nichol, National STEM Development Manager.