Yusuf Lawson studied Access to Higher Education: Engineering at Leicester College. Our Access to HE courses are designed to help students who have been away from education for a while, or don’t yet have the grades to apply for degree level study, to prepare for higher education.
Yusuf spoke to our Alumni team about his experiences of returning to education, and how his time at Leicester College prepared him for university.
“I did not know what I wanted to do for a career but doing the Access to Engineering course really helped me to realise that engineering was something that I was not only good at but also enjoyed,” said Yusuf.
Yusuf was offered a place at university after finishing his Access course, studying a BSc Hons in Civil Engineering, in which he achieved a 2:1.
“A lot of what I learned on my college course was very helpful for me at university by giving me a strong foundation to work from,” he said. “Through this strong basis and preparation for university life I was able to achieve a lot at university.
“Graduation day was a real high point for me and I am progressing very well in my current role with confident expectation to pass my 6 month probation in January with flying colours.”
Now a Graduate Engineer for BWB Consulting, Yusuf reflected on his career so far.
“Thanks to my time at college and university I was able to secure a very good job with great prospects ahead,” he said. “I work for the Environment Group at a multi-disciplinary engineering firm as part of the ‘Water Team’. I work on flood risk assessment, sustainable drainage strategies, hydraulic modelling and other associated tasks. There is also a commercial awareness and networking emphasis to my work, which I definitely enjoy.”
“Adapting to working life after studying for almost five years (including college and a sandwich degree) as a mature student took a little getting used to,” admitted Yusuf, but his hard work has clearly paid off.
“My ultimate career goal is to become a Chartered Civil Engineer and gain enough experience to go on to become a successful Civil Engineering Arbitrator working on dispute settlements,” he said.
Yusuf finally had some advice to others hoping to follow a similar career path.
“Make hay while the sun shines, don’t hang around, work hard and jump straight in,” he said. “There are loads of really interesting and fulfilling jobs out there, with loads of money being invested in the engineering industry as a whole. Do your best and don’t give up.”