How did you land the job?
I first came to Stage One whilst I was still in uni. As part of my course, we had a year in industry. Stage One offered me a temporary contract as a placement student. I spent around six months here before COVID hit and sadly forced us all into furlough.
When I went back to uni to finish my degree, I kept in touch with my manager. Once I had graduated, I reached out again and was amazingly offered a full-time role back at Stage One straight out of Uni.
For anyone looking to get into this industry I would say try to apply for all sorts of things. You never know what you might like. Never sell yourself short! Employers love when you’re passionate about what you do so don’t be embarrassed, show off a little.
How was your experience of being a CAD design intern, and how different is it to being a full-time design engineer?
When you’re an intern you still have a lot to learn and most of the time you’re picking up skills and knowledge that you didn’t have before. You’re trusted with lots of big things, and you feel like when you mess up it’s the end of the world, but everyone knows you’re still learning, and will be patient with you.
My experience so far with being a full-time design engineer is that even though you have a whole lot more knowledge, you’re still learning and messing things up. However, you do get better every day, and people begin to trust you more and more. It’s very rewarding to know that you’ve proved yourself to people in this industry.
With this type of work, you’re always learning on the job. There will always be stuff you’re unsure about but it’s the same for everyone. Even people who have been working at Stage One for a long time still have problems they struggle to solve and projects that take them out of their comfort zones. That’s what makes this job so great.