On Thursday this week, OV Tom Stringer (Ca 12-18) gave a presentation to the Sixth Form about his path into Civil Engineering. Tom left King’s in 2018 having taken A Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and DT, which is a fairly traditional route to Engineering, but he said that there are many paths you can take.
Tom spent a gap year gaining valuable experience and skills which included volunteering in Nepal, work experience with an engineering consultancy firm and working on a summer camp in Canada. He had a lot of fun and was also able to build a great set of skills through these experiences and he found the industry placement particularly useful, especially as it confirmed that he really did want to study engineering.
Tom is currently studying a 4 year MEng degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, with the intent of become chartered. He has been awarded an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) scholarship sponsored by Civil Engineering consultancy Atkins. Engineering is about problem solving and covers a vast field. The breadth is something that Tom really enjoys and the fact that you are not working is isolation. There is a social aspect to many projects because you have to consider how they might impact a community and change people’s lives.
As the world continues to move towards a sustainable future, there will be an increased need for civil engineers to think critically about how environmentally-friendly a project may be, and if it will be resilient enough to last for our communities. Nowadays, engineers are considering the environmental impact of their designs, as well as aspects such as ecology where historically they may not have done this.
Tom closed his talk by encouraging pupils to apply for programmes such as internships and scholarships because, he said “you really have nothing to lose and a great deal to gain”.