Vignesh studied MSc Mechanical Engineering at Portsmouth and chose to start in January 2014. He said the course appealed to him because of its well-balanced structure between practical and academic learning and he felt Portsmouth ‘gave off a good vibe’ due to its location on the south coast offering a warmer climate and a broad mix of students coming from around the world. He said he followed his ‘gut feeling’ and certainly wasn’t disappointed!
Getting to grips with a university in a foreign country can be difficult at first, and it was no different for Vignesh. He relied upon the support of the University’s International Office and attended all the social events and became a member of the Indian Society, giving him a chance to meet other students in the same situation as him.
Arriving in the UK was a bit of a culture shock at first, but once he found the balance between his academic and social activities, his life became much more enjoyable!
At the University, Vignesh was able to build a close relationship with his academics. He said ‘they were the best part of my course; being both knowledgeable and approachable. The faculty also goes out of their way to help everyone, particularly those who show initiative, to make the most of their time at the university’.
Due in large part to the open door policy offered by his tutors and lecturers, he gained support throughout the year enabling him to graduate with distinction.
Having now graduated, Vignesh would advise any prospective or future students to ‘find the right balance between studies and enjoying the good life. That balance means that you can be in the right frame of mind for your studies, allowing you to focus and achieve.’
Vignesh used the Purple Door Recruitment Consultancy to find and access a graduate scheme in the UK, as well as using their services to help him prepare job applications and interviews.
Since starting with Tata Steel, Vignesh has travelled all over the UK and parts of Europe for work and has been using his free time to watch as much English League football as possible!
Vignesh said ‘I would really recommend studying in the UK, as it has opened up so many personal and professional opportunities to me that I would never have had if I had graduated from India.’