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Sabir Zaman

Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MEng)
Sabir Zaman

'Get an understanding of what stream of engineering you would like to work in, and the different paths that lead to engineering chartership.'

Thales Group

From Aerospace, Space and Defence to Security and Transportation, Thales helps its customers to create a safer world by giving them the tools they need to perform critical tasks. Whenever a critical decision needs to be made, we are there. To help create a safer world.

What does your job involve?

I am currently working on the upgrade of the signalling system of the District, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City and Circle Lines. My job involves reviewing the new Automatic Train control system. This involves analysis of both high level system architecture and the smaller individual components that make up the system. We test the system to get a full understanding of how to optimise performance but also to determine how the system behaves under certain fault conditions. Ultimately the review process will allow for an efficient testing and installation process.

What do you like most about your current job?

Working on one of the biggest infrastructure projects in the world which will ultimately affect the daily lives of thousands of people is incredibly fulfilling. Working on such a large project also means you get to work with a lot of different people. This is definitely one of the biggest highlights of my job. Due to the complexity of the project being undertaken, every day presents new and interesting challenges. Along with these challenges I get to work with a number of different technologies, allowing me to use a wide range of knowledge and skills acquired during my degree.

What do you wish you'd done more of in your final year whilst preparing for finding graduate work?

I would definitely have liked to start my research earlier than I did. Researching each field and getting a better understanding of the pros and cons of each will allow you to make a better informed decision. I would also have liked to have done more activities outside of my university studies. This is something that recruiters are looking for. They want people who can display a wide range of skills and interests. I also regret not having taken a year out in industry. This will definitely give applicants an advantage.

What advice would you give this year's final years?

Get an understanding of what stream of engineering you would like to work in, and the different paths that lead to engineering chartership. Be mindful of the amount of graduates that will be applying for the same job as you, and thus find out what differentiates you from them. Make good use of the Careers Service - they will give the best advice on how to optimize your CV as well as provide mock interviews. This proved to be incredibly valuable to me when I was looking for graduate opportunities.