Courses Studied at One:
I studied Physics, Music Technology, and Music Performance at One between 2013-2015 after taking GCSEs at Stowmarket High School.
What have you been up to since leaving One?
Since completing my A-levels I have progressed on to complete an apprenticeship at BAE Systems and I've recently started a full-time role as a Flight Test Engineer.
What was your favourite thing about studying at One?
My favourite thing about studying at One, without a shadow of a doubt, was the people. The support you get from your PPT and subject tutors helps the overall atmosphere at One stay positive, and even when you are having a bad day, they're there to push you on and support. I'm not sure I'd be where I am today without the support I got over the two years from my PPT.
What Training or Further Education did you take after One and how did you secure your job?
After leaving One I moved almost immediately to a coastal town in the North West called Lytham. After a period of technical training I entered the business to do several placements in and around the company working on multiple aircraft platforms including Hawk, Typhoon, and future aircraft. Following this rotation of placements I applied for and have been given a role as a Flight Test Engineer. My current day job sees me planning, undertaking, and reporting on various aircraft trials, focusing on avionic and weapon upgrades for the Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft.
On top of my day-to-day activities working in and around the UK and Europe, I am studying toward the completion of an HND in Aeronautical Engineering which should hopefully be followed by a BEng (Hons) funded by the company. This along with a Level 3 NVQ in Aircraft Technical Support sets me up perfectly for a great career anywhere in aviation.
Is this career path something you always had in mind, or what made your come to this decision?
As cliché as it sounds, from a young age I have wanted to work in aviation; whether in the armed forces or industry. Looking at my options during my A-levels I decided the best course of action for me would be to join an apprenticeship programme so I can earn, learn, and gain vital work experience that is invaluable when compared to going to university. In the future I wish to progress on in my current role and work further toward a senior position within the profession.
How did your A Levels help you to prepare for your next step?
The biggest thing I took away from my time at One was the reliance on personal time and task management. The way that the day at One is set out, and the relative level of freedom, puts you in control of your achievements and it's a great way to set you up for either full-time education, or full-time work after college.
A piece of advice for current and prospective students:
If I were to offer current students one piece of advice it would be to always strive to achieve in whatever you're passionate about. I found myself in a situation where I was struggling to figure out what I was going to do after leaving One, but I knew that I was passionate about aviation. This passion landed me in the dream job I have today, so never give up on what makes you tick!