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Joseph Star

I have always had a passion for how things work and how individual components fit into the bigger picture. This naturally lead me towards engineering, specifically mechanical. Directly after graduating from Northumbria University I was successful in converting my year in industry into a formal graduate job offer within the world's largest publicly traded energy company.

What are you doing now?

My first roles with ExxonMobil included some valuable experiences within the marine lubricants market, including roles as a Technical Engineer and Territory Manager looking after some of the biggest names within the shipping industry. Following on from these roles, I have benefited from experiences in marketing and strategy positions. Currently, I am now part of the Petrochemical team, and responsible for managing sales and technical activities into global accounts.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

Being local to the area, I was always aware of how much of an exciting student city Newcastle was. In addition I had conducted my research into the CEIS department and found that there was excellent industry links with local and national companies. This, along with the modern, facilities and possibility for further research projects convinced me to study here.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

The delivery of the course had the right amount of face to face sessions and independent projects to allow me to be stretched whilst still receiving the support I needed. In addition, the practical lab sessions enabled me to put theory into practice and further my understanding as to real world applications of my course.

How connected was your course with industry?

We had varying guest lecturers, all of which brought different experiences and values to our course. One particular one I remember was an ex lecturer on the Mech Eng course had decided to start his own sensor company. Hearing about his journey and how passionate he was about the innovation was a great driver in setting my own personal goals.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/give your career an edge?

The skills that I learnt within my course as well as the experience that I gained through the sponsored year in industry programme put me in good stead for the graduate job world.

What was the best thing about your course?

The final year project. Being given full freedom to investigate further into a research area you are interested in was a fantastic experience.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

My analytical skills are invaluable now, the ability to focus in on patterns developing as well as retaining sight of the big picture sets me apart from the rest.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

The quality of the facilities and the support that was given to me during the stressful final year.

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

Apply! Do your research, make sure you attend an open day to ensure it's the right fit for you.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Developing life experience

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