How my UK education helped me in my career
Full name: Teo Chun Ming (Jeffrey)
UK education details: BEng Mechanical Engineering, July 2015
Home country: Malaysia
Current job title (role and organisation): Mechanical Engineer (KTP International)
Please describe your current job (Size/reach of organisation, current projects, your responsibilities, etc.).
I am a Mechanical Engineer in a building industry engaged to a company under the Surbana Jurong Consultant umbrella which is a major player in the Singapore market, handling multiple international projects.
I project manage while design the mechanical and electrical systems to a development, such as residential projects, commercial buildings and other infrastructures.
I have to date, oversaw two projects obtain a Temporary Occupation Permit (TOP) and Certificate of Satisfactory Completion (CSC) which is the penultimate goal in the construction industry before handing over the development to the owners/ developer. I have also initiated two Key Infrastructure projects in Singapore which are 66kV and 230kV Substations with complicated addition and alteration (A&A) works while designing a mixed development in the Middle East and Johor Bahru.
To ensure that the project runs smoothly, my role covers from coordination to authority submissions and major public relation skills.
What drew you to study your subject in the UK? How did it help you in your chosen career path?
The ability to study in a reputable institution while being able to experience different culture and travel around was the prime reason for my decision to seek a UK degree. University of Southampton being one of the top institutions for Mechanical Engineering was a happy coincidence. It is a good tool in networking sessions while discussing about experiences abroad.
Why did you choose the UK?
Reputable universities and cultural curiosity.
What was your career progression after you finished your UK course (e.g. how you went about finding a job and how your UK education was received by employers)?
Managed to get a job easily while being paid arguably fair.
What advice would you give students from your country hoping to get into your area of work?
Cultivate a good approach to projects and be systematic while learn to be proactive in your approach to learning and get exposed to all sorts of environments as early as you can to prepare yourself. Look for internship opportunities is the best to get prepared and employed.
What for you has been the most useful outcome of your UK education?
Contacts and a good degree from a reputable university
What are your ambitions for the future?
To be accredited as a professional engineer.
Did you find it easy to settle in to life in the UK? What did you enjoy the most about living here?
Settling in to the lifestyle was easy. Mingling with the locals were not as easy as it seems since there are cultural and language/ slang differences. However, besides the cool weather for a change, the pace and friendly approach in UK is definitely a sought after factor in UK.
What’s your number one memory of your time in the UK?
Traveling while meeting fellow international and local backpackers along the way.
Is there anything else you want to tell us about your experience of studying in the UK and how it helped shape your career?
I believe individual effort plays a big part in shaping individual’s career. Nonetheless, a good degree from a reputable university in the UK speaks more volume in the eyes of the employer locally