Swansea University engineering student Clare Cooper is not only celebrating her graduation but also getting her first job with a major company after fighting off stiff competition from more than 700 other applicants.
Twenty-two year old Clare, from Muswell Hill, London, will graduate with a First Class MEng Honours degree in Product Design Engineering at a Degree and Award Congregation for the University’s College of Engineering held in the City and County of Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall today (Thursday, July 17). She will be supported at the ceremony by her proud parents and boyfriend.
Clare, who attended Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls in Elstree, Hertfordshire, had been interested in Design Technology at school and it was during her ‘A’ Levels that she decided that it was the area that she wanted to pursue. She chose to study at Swansea University because it offered the right balance of engineering and design.
Clare also decided to contribute further to her University experience by becoming a Student Representative for her course and a Student Ambassador for the College of Engineering. She said: “Volunteering gave me the chance to be consulted on aspects of College life and my suggestions for course improvement were listened to by the academic staff. This gave me more confidence and also allowed me to develop enthusiasm for women in engineering.”
And it was her hard work, academic achievements and overall performance that helped her land that all-important first job as a graduate engineer at Bosch, based in Stowmarket in Suffolk, after going up against 700 other applicants for just 12 graduate positions.
Clare said of the interview process: “My course taught me to think about how to develop designs which are not only attractive but practical, using problem solving techniques and engineering principles. My Manufacturing Technology module was very useful during my technical interview, while my various group projects have improved my team-working and project management skills. Although there was so much competition for the job, the confidence gained through my studies, volunteer work and prior preparation meant that I performed at my best.”
Dr Ian Masters, Head of Product Design and Mechanical Engineering said: “Clare is an outstanding student and has consistently performed well throughout her time at Swansea. She has a very bright future ahead of her and I wish her all the very best in her new job.”