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Work hard to obtain a mixture of both academic and relevant industrial/work-based learning and skills. Make the most of your time and facilities at the University as it is some of the best years of your life!

I joined British Steel within the RD&T department for my first year. Subsequently worked with external Management Consultants for 1 year to improve the financial performance of the business then joined the Product & Market Development group. Then moved to commercial to work as technical support to the main customers before managing the department and I now work as the product development manager for the painted steel business.

What is the best thing about what you are doing now?

Ability to develop concepts right through to commercialisation with our key customers. The satisfaction of taking lab developments to the real world buildings that last for years on some iconic buildings.

What was the best thing about your time as a student here?

The whole package of a campus-based university in such a vibrant city.

In what way did living and studying in Birmingham live up to your expectations?

Everything that needed and expected was provided with great facilities. The School of Chemistry provided a demanding course that gave me the required scientific training for use in industry.

How did you grow as a person by coming to University? Did it change your life in any way?

Learning to live away from home with great friends that are now lifelong friends.

What advice would you give to current students studying on your degree programme?

Work hard to obtain a mixture of both academic and relevant industrial/work-based learning and skills. Make the most of your time and facilities at the University as it is some of the best years of your life!