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First class degree leads to Engineering Future Leader programme with Heathrow

Asad  Parkar

The links that Brunel have with industrial companies are second to none. The staff are supportive and challenging and always push you to do your best!

Asad, Alumni, Undergraduate

Engineering Future Leader - Graduate Trainee, Heathrow Airport Ltd.

Mechanical Engineering with Aeronautics MEng - 2019

From UK

Tell us about your career journey since you graduated…

I will be joining a 2-year programme at Heathrow, preparing me for management roles within engineering and asset management. I'll gain exposure in various areas including airside and landside operations, water management, power generation, terminal operations and rail. I'll be working on major projects, all while learning from the experts! It's a great programme that takes into account my dreams, passions and skills.

What does an average day at work involve for you?

Each day is unique and different and so are the challenges within each project that you work on! It's exciting that each day is different and is very rewarding. You get to learn something new every day from each other and it is an excellent working atmosphere. It's an amazing place!

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?

The fact that I get to work in one of the world's busiest airports! I've met so many new people even before I've started and cannot wait to see what the future holds for me! It's a very rewarding scheme that takes into account your passions and interests. This is great as you can tailor your placements according to where you want to be!

How would you say Brunel helped you to get where you are today?

They have always supported me in all the different things I have done and wanted to do! The links that they have with industrial companies are second to none. The staff have been supportive and challenging and always push you to do your best! Some of the projects I have done have also been industrially relevant!

Why did you choose to study at Brunel and why would you recommend Brunel to others?

Because of the excellent links, support and the fact that it is known around the world as an Engineering University. It is a campus university with everything you need within walking distance and it’s located close to Central London. I would definitely recommend Brunel - coming here was one of the best decisions I ever made!

What is your best memory of studying here?

All the people I've met along the way and the long lasting friendships that I have made! I know that some of these people will be friends for life! I have also had lots of fun in all the extra activities and volunteering that I have done throughout my time here!

If you could give one piece of advice to new students, what would that be?

Get involved! Try and do as much as you can in your time here. That could be anything from part time jobs to volunteering to sports to societies and much more! There is something at Brunel for everyone! You are here to study but you are also here to have fun, so enjoy!

What would be your top tip or advice for new graduates as they begin their career journey?

Don't worry and don't stress! Things will always work out in the end - just be eager to learn! Just be yourself and be confident in your own capabilities. The world is your oyster and nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it! And no matter what happens, "Just Keep Swimming!"