Martin – graduate engineer

I wanted to utilise my degree in physics and enter an exciting sector in industry with many challenges – Rolls-Royce seemed the perfect choice. I am currently on an 18 month training programme as a graduate engineer with them.

I am proud to be working for a global company that cares a great deal about what its customers think of it. In particular, I know that Rolls-Royce is striving to meet the difficult challenges of the future including emerging threats to world security in the defence sector, and minimising the impact our products have on the environment. I am proud to working for a business where I am helping to develop solutions to these problems and many more.

After GCSEs, I went on to do A-levels in Physics, English Literature, Maths and Further Maths (and General Studies). I went on to study MSci Physics at the University of Bristol and got a 2:1 after 4 years. Towards the end of my final year I applied to both BAE Systems and Rolls-Royce. I attended an assessment centre for Rolls-Royce and soon after was offered a place on the graduate scheme.

To get into this sector, particularly engineering (this is the Rolls-Royce requirement), you need to have completed a Masters degree in Engineering, Mathematics or Physics with a minimum of a 2:1. I would recommend doing a summer internship, as it gets you valuable experience to put on your CV and will get you a “foot in the door” with the company when you graduate.