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Mikolaj Pernak

Aeronautical Engineering (BEng) BEng
Mikolaj Pernak

I love the practical aspect of my course, spending time in labs or playing with flight simulators – we conducted an actual flight test in a glider!

Why did you decide to apply to study at City?

I decided to apply to City because of its Aeronautics department, their involvement in research and recognition in the industry. I was looking for university which would provide me with hands-on experience and skills applicable in the real world, but at the same time make the journey to achieving my degree fun and enjoyable. After attending the Open Day, seeing the workshops and meeting the staff, I knew City was the place for me!

What were the most important resources in helping you to make a decision?

University ranking websites, student fora and Undergraduate prospectuses were definitely useful when gathering information, however it was the Open Days which gave me the best insight on how the “university life” may actually look like.

What is your favourite thing about studying at City?

People! I’ve met tons of amazing people from different courses and made more friends than I could imagine. I also love the practical aspect of my course, spending time in labs or playing with flight simulators – we also got to conduct an actual flight test in a glider!

What experience have you had that will help you with future careers? (i.e. work placements, talks or workshops from industry professionals, etc.)

We regularly have employability workshops and talks from various companies – I’d say there’s too many to choose from. In addition to that, the University Professional Liaison Unit helps students prepare for interviews, write their CVs and cover letters etc. They’re a great help! The best experience for me is a part-time job at a local airport, which I’m connecting with my studies.

What is your favourite thing about living in London?

The size of the city, amount of stuff to do in my free time, and transport links. Thanks to low cost airlines I’m able to visit home very often and for very cheap! They also allow for some interesting trips on weekends, both within the UK and abroad.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?

Rather than looking for a job in the engineering field, I’d like to be an airline pilot, which has been my dream since early childhood. In the future, I’d love to become a test pilot (hence engineering!).

What would be your top tip for our applicants?

Attend open days! No website or picture beats seeing the place with your own eyes and talking to staff who will be teaching you later.