How to have a career in engineering

Katja Wotton Srbljanin

Katja studied part-time on our mechanical engineering degree, to fit alongside her job as a Technical Communications Engineer at Siemens. She shares her top tips for getting ahead in the engineering industry.

Katja has found her three years at Birmingham City University extremely enjoyable and has discovered a whole new set of skills that she's been able to apply back to her working life.

Her confidence was boosted too, when the hard work she put in to her disseration was recognised at her Faculty's annual awards ceremony. Katja won the IMechE Project Award which will help her stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs in the future.

What advice would you give a 16 year old wanting a career in your industry?

The advice I’d give to a 16 year old considering going into this industry is to never be afraid to take on a new challenge.

I would never have got to where I have today without challenging myself to take on new roles that I had never considered before.

By being thrown in at the deep end, you always find new ways to get out and develop your skills.

How can someone get the most from their course?

Take advantage of all of the resources available. The University has so much to offer - from the library to the computer resources, CAD-related software and the machine workshops. By asking the right people and going to the right departments, you’ll be able to find everything that you need.

What's the secret to success in engineering?

Keep enthusiastic and show you're interested.

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Technical Communications Engineer at Siemens

BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Katja began her engineering career as a Technical Apprentice for Rolls-Royce in 2008 and is now developing in her current role at Siemens.

I decided to study at Birmingham City University because while I was in full time employment this course offered everything that I needed part time and covered all the modules that I needed to progress in my career role.

The course offered all the different practical elements as well as the theoretical elements for power generation and design – the subjects that I enjoyed and wanted to progress on to in my career.

The course is interesting, exciting and stimulating. You will develop into a well-rounded engineer, giving you the ability to investigate, solve, design and deliver engineering solutions.