Engineering the Future

As part of Alton College’s preparation for T Levels, we are reaching out to local employers to come in and speak to students about life in the workplace and their career journeys to date. The initiative started recently with the visit of a young, local engineer, Nadia Domanski from Woking who studied at the University of Bath. She is now working on Oil Rigs for the global Engineering company Schlumberger.

Nadia spoke to First and Second Year Engineering students about the pros and cons of University over Apprenticeships, the importance of soft life skills in the workplace (like punctuality, respect for colleagues, team work, network building, enthusiasm and hard work) which are just as important as good grades, and what being an engineer is all about.

One of the College Engineering tutors summarised the visit by stating: "This visit was so valuable for all our students to hear first-hand the views from a young engineer. Her suggestions for our young potential engineers was invaluable and she should be commended on her poise and honesty."

This was the first of a series of events in which local employers will be interacting with vocational students either in person or interactively via the whiteboard, with a view to bridging the gaps between classroom and local industry, forging stronger links and opening the doors to students to build their networks and find meaningful work placements in industry.

Find out more about industrial placements here 


Nadia Domanski talks to Alton College Engineering students from alton college on Vimeo.