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INTO graduate joins top engineering consultancy which built the Gateshead Millennium Bridge

He secured a Tier 2 Work Visa with the help of the Newcastle University Visa Team.

Shaun arrived in Newcastle approximately six years ago. He was unable to enrol in a UK University based on his Indonesian high school qualification. INTO offered him a different path that led him to enrol in one of the top engineering schools in the UK, the School of Engineering at Newcastle University. With the help from an agent in Indonesia, he compared courses. He came to the decision that INTO Newcastle University provided the best services and learning environment compared to similar foundation courses.

“INTO Newcastle University bridged the culture gap for me, which I was not familiar with at the start of my study in the UK. It introduced me to the idea of critical thinking rather than following a certain set of rules to succeed in my study.”

Shaun then went on to study Civil and Structural Engineering. He felt the facilities and expertise of the lecturers meant that he would learn more than just words in a textbook. Further, he explained that the city of Newcastle had captured his heart while he was studying at INTO and he could imagine himself living there for three more years.

Successful career journey from Newcastle

A few years later, Shaun landed his big break with a job from a leading engineering, design and consultancy company, Ramboll. But it was not without perseverance and hard work. During his studies, Shaun did two placements: one in his home country of Indonesia, and the other in his second home, Newcastle. He gained a range of experience, from working as a consultant designing high rise buildings in Jakarta to assessing bridges owned by Network Rail. His previous experience helped him to decide his career plans and confirmed his passion for Structural Engineering.

Shaun went on to pursue further study and gained his Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from Newcastle University. He is now working as a Graduate Bridge Engineer at Ramboll, based in the Southampton office. He designs the structures that support direction signs and electronic road signs for Highways England Smart Motorway Programme, for both the M1 and M27. He spoke of the contribution that staff and lecturers at INTO Newcastle and Newcastle University have made to his success:

“I was given every possible support from lecturers and staff to optimise my learning experience. I apply the structural engineering knowledge I gained during my studies straight into the work I am currently doing.

"The leadership and teamwork skills from various INTO group assignments also helped me transition easily into a working environment. I am able to deal with different characters in the team I am working with, and produce efficient working systems to manage deadlines."

If you choose this course, you can be certain that the knowledge you gain is industrially applicable and, in some cases, unique to Newcastle University. You'll have a head start compared to other graduates.

Support from the Careers Service and the Visa Team

Newcastle University’s award-winning Careers Service offer a range of services to help students and graduates realise their potential and get ahead in their careers. They can help students and graduates of up to three years to:

  • plan their career
  • market their skills and experience in CVs and applications
  • find work experience and jobs
  • prepare for interviews and assessment centres
  • build up contacts and networks … and much more

Shaun started using the Career Service in his first year to provide him with feedback on his CV and cover letter. Different industrial presentations by the Careers Service also helped Shaun to understand the different roles that he would be qualified for after graduation. In his words, “The early advice I got from the Careers Service truly prepared me for any job-seeking challenges I faced.”

Newcastle University also has a dedicated Visa Support Team to help prospective and registered students with their plans and visa applications, including:

  • Tier 4 for students
  • Tier 1 for Graduate Entrepreneurs
  • Tier 2 General (Employment)
  • Tier 5 (Temporary Worker)

Shaun said, “The Visa Support Team introduced me to different paths of securing a working visa, mainly the Tier 2 visa. They helped me complete the application form. They are very responsive in answering queries. The process of securing the visa is time consuming and frustrating, but the advice I would give is to be resilient and patient at the same time. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of the Visa Support Team and look up information online. The advice you'll receive will mean that you can complete your application form competently.”

INTO graduate joins top engineering consultancy

published on: 21 March 2019