Engineering graduate Elina Minaidou shares her experiences Engineering graduate Elina Minaidou shares her experiences

Elina Minaidou

Studying MSc Energy Engineering with Environmental Management. Originally from Nicosia, Cyprus.

Please could you tell us why you chose to study engineering at UEA?

I studied for my Environmental Sciences BSc at UEA, and so I knew how good the University and the teaching staff were already. I wanted to continue my studies with a Masters in Energy Engineering, and I thought that UEA was the perfect place. It's a great place to be, as the University has a very strong science faculty, internationally recognised teaching staff, and it collaborates with the East of England Energy Group, which offers brilliant career prospects within the energy sector of the East of England.

Please tell us what you enjoy about your course?

Yes, the fact that it combines theory, practical work in labs, site visits to wind farms and nuclear power stations, and interactions with energy companies makes it particularly interesting. Also, since it is a new programme both lecturers and advisers pay even more attention to what the students think about the course, take our opinions on board, and are really helpful.

What advice would you give to new students, both about university life and studying engineering?

Try to balance studying with university life and take all the opportunities that are offered to you. There are so many prospects out there, especially in the energy engineering sector. Participate in conferences, go to all site visits and use the opportunities that are offered to you. Campus life has a lot to offer if you become a member of some different student societies and sport clubs.

Please could you tell us about your career plans or goals for the future?

After my degree, I would like to work in the energy sector and help in meeting the challenges of our time — the imminent threats of climate change and peak oil. I think that this degree will provide me with many opportunities to find a job in the energy sector, especially now that there is a shortage of engineers in the country.

Have there been many opportunities for interaction with the engineering industry?

I have taken part in four visits to energy companies, where we came in contact with employers and employees of those companies. Also the University provided us with tickets for the South North Sea Conference, organised by the East of England Energy Group. There we had the opportunity to be informed and get up-to-date information about the main assets of the North Sea, offshore wind and gas industry and speak to members of different companies. It's been really valuable.