Sam – YINI student

Sam recently completed a Year in Industry (YINI) placement at TTP where he carried out experimental testing to develop Disc Pump technology. Sam is now going on to study Engineering at Cambridge University. Find out more about Sam’s work experience below.

How did your education help you on your YINI placement?

I was able to apply the theory that I learnt in school to the practical environment. The lab sessions I did were really helpful for me to get accurate measurements in experiments. I was taught electronics at school and I used that in order to design and build devices such as instrumental amplifiers.

What motivated you to apply for a placement?

I wanted to apply for a placement that would involve working with innovative products in a creative environment. I wanted to challenge myself in a work place and be able to relate the work that I have done in my placement to certain topics within my degree. And to help me decide in what area I want to specialise in.

What did your typical day whilst on your placement involve?

Most of my work was lab and experimental, although as I was working on many different projects I would rarely have a same day routine.

What were you most proud of during your placement?

I was most proud of an instrumental amplifier which allowed high precision pressure amplitude measurements to be made.

What was the best and worst thing about the experience?

The best thing was that I learnt about what a career in engineering involves. The worst thing was cooking; I was not very good at that.

Did your experiences whilst on your placement change your career ambitions?

The experiences I had opened my eyes to several different directions I could take.

What made you decide to go on to study at university?

To gain greater skills within the discipline of engineering.

What degree are you going to study and why did you choose it?

Engineering; I am very interested in innovations and new technologies and how they work.

What skills will you take from your placement into university?

Time management would be a key one, and I learnt a lot about problem solving, the process of design and also working well with other people.

If you could pass on some advice to future students who are given similar opportunities for work placements what would you say to them?

Do not be afraid to ask for help and ask for work that interests you.

What did you dream of doing when you were growing up and how has that changed?

When I was growing up I wanted to be a combine harvester driver. So, probably quite a bit of a difference really.

What do you like to do in your free time when you are not working or studying?

Rugby, cricket, running, cycling, kitesurfing, squash, and sailing… along with many others!

And finally…looking back over the choices you have made and the opportunities that have been available to you so far regarding your education, would you have done anything differently?

So far in regards to my education I have no regrets.


For more information on the Year in Industry scheme, please click here.