Jieying – YINI student New

The 2012 Year in Industry (YINI) Contribution to the Business award went to Jieying Luo for her impressive work whilst on her placement at Delphi Diesel Systems.

Whilst on her placement, Jieying was asked to create a new secure storage area with increased capacity, as the previous lack of storage at Delphi Diesel Systems was at crisis point.

Future Morph caught up with Jieying before she went off to Cambridge University to study engineering, to find out what she really thought of her placement and why she would recommend it to other students in future.

Which post-16 qualifications did you study?

I studied A-level Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry.

How did your education help you on your YINI placement?

The mathematical skills that I gained during my time at school helped me to understand the reasons behind the readings given by the test machines. My physics practical skills enabled me to be good at fabrication and measuring at work.

What motivated you to apply for a placement?

I realised how important it was for me to have work experience on my CV and to help me get into my chosen university. A lot of universities now encourage students to take a gap year to get some real-world work experience.

What did your typical day whilst on your placement involve?

I was working in the System Design Integration department at Delphi Diesel Systems. My work involved programming, data-sorting and SolidWork drawing. On a typical day, I could be working on setting up a function so that the relevant engineers could access the data from the test machine easier and faster.

What were you most proud of during your placement?

I was proud of myself for having good time-management skills. During my placement, I had to deal with a lot of daily tasks on top of my main project. As well as that, I also had to hold regular meetings with the engineers within the company to ensure that my project was running to schedule so that I could be sure that I would have enough tasks for the rest of the week.

What were you most proud of during your placement?

There are lots of reasons that I can be proud of during this placement:

1. I taught myself how to use C# programming from scratch via an online resource.

2. I was able to programme my bespoke device to fulfill the need of individual engineers as well as businesses within weeks of self-learning.

3. Winning this year’s National Contribution to Business Award!

What was the best and worst thing about the experience?

The best thing was that I was able to develop various engineering skills that I may not be able to get from university. The worst thing for me was to live in a shared house in a strange city without having my family close to me – but this was good practice for my university experience.

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

No, it actually encouraged me to pursue my dreams further and strive to become a successfully qualified engineer.

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

Despite my experience now, I still do not have a large number of essential engineering skills. I believe the university course will equip me with these skills and a degree is always helpful for my future career.

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

I am going to study engineering at the University of Cambridge. I think that graduating with an engineering degree will open doors for me and give me a very broad career choice as engineers can work in most fields.

What skills will you take from your placement into university?

I now have basic programming skills, and my practical skills have been largely improved as well.

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

Try your best to work in various departments or with different teams if you can. By doing this, you can learn and see a lot of different things so that you can have a better understanding of the options you have for your career.

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

In my childhood, I was thinking of being a lawyer. But when I grew up, I found myself better at maths and physics and therefore decided to go into engineering.

If you had to describe yourself in 3 words what would they be?

Ambitious, hard-working and lively.

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

I like to spend time online reading some interesting stuff. I also like playing the piano and singing.

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?

No, I’m very happy with the A-levels that I took. These four subjects together stood me in good stead for my university application and enabled me to get onto the course of my choice.


To find out more about the Year in Industry scheme run by the Engineering & Development Trust (EDT) please click here.