Student to pursue career in aerospace engineering

11 June 2015

After studying Engineering at City and Islington College's Centre for Applied Sciences, Thijay Sumoreeah, 20, has secured a place at Kingston University to study Aerospace Engineering.

Growing up near an airport, from a young age Thijay was fascinated by planes.

“I always loved materials and aerospace and one day I want to train to become a pilot.” She said.

“A friend of mine recommended City and Islington, as it has a good reputation, and so I enrolled to study applied science before progressing to study the Extended Diploma in Engineering.

“On my course I have really enjoyed putting the theory we learn in to practice. The facilities at the Centre are fantastic and there are brand new workshops where we can use industry standard laser machines, computers and 3D printers.”

"Girls think engineering means you want to be a mechanic. But the industry is so broad with so many opportunities."

Asked why she thinks women do not traditionally pursue careers in engineering, she said: “I think there a lot of misconceptions as girls think that engineering means that you want to become a car mechanic. But the industry is so broad with so many opportunities. Engineering is all about ideas and the team work needed to execute those ideas.”

Thijay has been able to gain insight in to employment opportunities in the industry after completing a summer work placement, organised by her Centre, at global satellite communication company, Inmarsat.

She said: “This was a really eye-opening experience and was really related to the aerospace engineering career that I want to pursue. Putting the experience on my CV has already helped me get other job and work experience opportunities.

“After completing my degree, my ambition is to work for a massive Airbus or Boeing company and get my ideas out there.”

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