Knuckle down and learn – Ricky Raybould

26 Jul Knuckle down and learn – Ricky Raybould

Course studied: Mechanical Engineering
Year of graduation: 2016


When I left Brunel…
My plan was to spend my summer as a camp counsellor and travelling America. I would then return to my previous employment as a design engineer.

At the moment…
I am working full time as a design engineer at Triumph Motorcycles.

How I have developed professionally…
I’ve continued upon the career path I started before university, and continued to progress as an independent worker within a large group of people. I have my own project and I am solely responsible for ensuring this project is completed on time and to a good quality.

My advice to recent graduates/students graduating soon…
Don’t worry about your final grade. Chances are that it will have no reflection upon your actual capabilities in the real world. I have been working in this role for 5 years and have witnessed a number of graduates come and go. University does not prepare you for work, that will come from your own willingness to knuckle down and learn on the job. Don’t be put off applying for any job you like the look of, chances are if you come across as being employable, your university grades will play very little part in their decision to hire you.