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International student lands dream job with Rolls-Royce

31 July 2014

International graduate Aftab Afzal’s career is off to a flying start with his new role as an electronic engineer with Rolls-Royce, a world-renowned engineering company.

Aftab, who is originally from Oman, gained a Distinction for his Masters in Electronic Engineering at the University of Huddersfield and now works at the Birmingham branch of Control and Data Services (formerly Aero Engine Controls), part of the Rolls-Royce Group.

He says that the support he received from his tutors and family, especially when he had to take a break from his studies due to a life-threatening illness, is behind his outstanding success. He said: “I thought I was going to be out of education for a year but my family and tutors were there to support me all the way.”

Aftab’s passion for electronics started at an early age – he once fixed his own PlayStation games console. After completing secondary education he researched university courses and found that the engineering degree at Huddersfield is held in high esteem across the world.

Aftab says he had some concerns about finding placements and working as an international student in the UK, but that he knew he had to apply. He said: “With the help of the University's placement scheme, in the third year of my BEng degree I took part in a really successful one year work-placement as an industrial engineer for Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems in Peterborough, where I got hands on experience. This shows just how successful the University is at helping students get into work during and after their studies.”

Dr Violeta Holmes, Aftab’s Master’s degree supervisor, praised his achievements. She said: “Aftab had the determination and courage to succeed which is inspirational. He is a creative and very capable engineer and so this was recognised by Rolls Royce who have offered him employment.”

The University has excellent engineering laboratories featuring the latest equipment and software used by industry. Aftab familiarised himself with electronic CAD software during his course, which he says gave him an advantage. He said: “Because of Rolls-Royce’s confidence in the skills I had obtained from my degree, from day one they have had me working on the important assignments, which is great.”

Aftab is planning to stay in the UK and hopes to pass his positive experiences on to other international students. He said: “If I can do all of this I think anyone can. The support I received was amazing throughout my time here at University. The town is so lovely and friendly as are all the people. I have found my dream job. I couldn't be happier.”

Graduate Talent for International Business launch

10 July 2014

The University of Huddersfield is hosting the launch event of a new Graduate Talent for International Business scheme, where firms looking to expand overseas will gather to discover how graduate talent can aid international business.

The graduate scheme, which was conceived by the University of Huddersfield and is being backed by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), is designed to show businesses how employing graduates with specialist skills, such as a second language, can help them overcome language barriers, develop business contacts and provide unique insights into cultural differences.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, Professor Bob Cryan, said: “These graduates can help businesses that are looking to expand into overseas markets and gain a greater understanding about how business is done around the world.

“The language skills and cultural awareness that they bring to a company can be invaluable when embarking on a new business venture, and this specialist scheme offers a flexible, cost effective way to bring skills and talent to the heart of business.”