Two and a half years ago I took a path in my career that I knew would be challenging but also provide me with experience and knowledge that I wouldn't have been able to get otherwise.
Before starting at Andover Trailers, I was working at a design consultancy, mostly working on consumer product design from concept through to manufacture, with a heavy focus on plastic injection moulding.
Moving to AT meant that I would get to experience designing structural frames with steel profiles, sheet metal, fabrication and welding. Being so vastly different from my previous role meant I had a steep learning curve, but being surrounded by other engineers who had been in the industry for 10 - 20 years meant there was a wealth of experience that I could draw from, and I did.
I've learnt so much, by pushing my boundaries and putting myself into a situation where I had to rely on my ability to learn and theoretical knowledge I had from university, I have been able to gain so much experience and knowledge in a completely different industry to where I imagined myself 10 years ago.
10 years ago, I was looking for my first part time job, in the kind of shops where I kind of knew what I was talking about and had a passion - photography.
My first ever job was at the camera store Jessops, and after that moved to a smaller chain of stores, at the Sussex Camera Centre. Half jokingly, when I left Sussex Camera Centre to start Product Design at Bournemouth University, me and my colleagues said that maybe one day I'd be designing cameras.
Now, almost 10 years on, I'm starting work as a Development Engineer for the market leaders in photography and lighting filters, Lee Filters, who'd have thunk it!?
I'm now going to be working on developing new and existing products, and I will be able to combine the skills and knowledge I've gained and apply it all to market that I'm passionate about!