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Omari Hussein (BEng Hons Electronics Engineering 2007)

Biography

I joined the University in 2005, after the completion of my HND from Thames Valley University in Electronics Engineering. It was my childhood dream to become an Engineer and graduate from one of the Top Ranked Universities, as this happens from the University of Reading. After graduation I landed my first job in electronics at the Cable 4 wireless firm for one year in order to gain industrial experience. That experience was enough for me to work towards the professional registration at the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Reading?

Following the publication of an article by the Times Higher Education Supplements. As the University if regarded to be one of the most reputable universities in electronics, I decided to study at this University. On the open day I was amazed to see what I have read about their research facilities, modern labs equipped with the range of tools and previous students' projects are true to the University of Reading.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

Before the degree, I studied at one of the local colleges to enable me to settle in Reading, where I managed to secure part time employment at the Royal Mail group, that increased my social skills and established many friendships with the local residents of the Reading area as well as other University students that made me feel at home and reduced the anxiety about living and studying in Reading.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their studies?

I would advise to work hard by completing assignments and projects on time and never leave any piece of work until the last minute in order to avoid panicking. Also, learn how to break large tasks down into smaller, more manageable tasks, which I believe is the best way of succeeding in your career. They must remember that the roots of education are great, but the fruit is sweeter. Sometimes things do not go the way they are supposed to, but take a deep breath when that happens, relax and switch to a different task, such as socializing by different means, such as Linkedin. Students have more exposure by using social media and learning from others. The cinema and wide range of activities that are available in Reading can increase performance and relieve study related stress.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I am doing a lot of research about the different roots of registrations towards the professional qualification of Engineer, as my BEng opened many doors to my future, job openings and progressions as it was presented by the Engineering Council. I am volunteering as Electronics Engineer at the charity organization called Reading East African Community and studying books and different academic journals. 

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

I would like to recommend them to do a lot of research about the organizations that they are interested to work with and they have to look for the sources of the web sites. Not all are reputable. To work well with University Staff and other students as well. Remember that the University is like a small village in a larger town. If you live well at the University you will have a better life after university.

How has the University of Reading and the Careers Centre helped in your chosen career path?

I received a lot of help from the Career Centre and a lot of advertisements from the link corridor between the Engineering Building and Cybernetics are useful for career development. The School of Systems Engineering staff are very helpful especially Dr Simon Sherratt, Dr William Holderbaum and Dr Jimmy Grimbleby. Although I only spent two years at the University of Reading it has made a huge impact on my professional life. 

Do you have any top tips for students graduating this year? What should they be doing to secure the job they want?

It is better to start job searches early before graduation, searching for jobs on company web sites, looking for approved apprenticeship programmes, attending the Job's and Recruitment fairs like I did in the Palmer Building. Asking friends by word of mouth and do not be shy to ask for help from those more experienced.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

The BEng I gained from this University has opened doors to my future in many aspects. I would not be able to list all of them. The important ones are the Secretary of State for Home Department granted me two years visa to gain work experience under the International Graduate Scheme and Post Work Study category before I was granted settlement to this country because of my career path as an Engineer.

At the time of financial hard ship the University helped me to pay my bills by installments using the University Student Services, until the completion of my course. I enjoyed the modern University facilities including the apartment at Creighton Court. I still remember the 24 hour Computer service at G45 and 46 in the Cybernetics building that allowed me to complete my assignments on time. The history of being taught by scientist Professor Kevin Warwick is still in my memory as well as his Video Cyber man.

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