Jian Wei Chen

Why did you decide to study Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Leeds?

I was always good at maths and physics in high school. The first time I analysed and tested a simple electronic circuit was in high school, I was so attracted to it. I wanted to build my self-project using the techniques I have learnt in class and since then, I decided I wanted to become an electronic engineer. I chose the University of Leeds because it is ranked in the top 5 for electronic and electrical in the UK and for the university’s renowned reputation of research quality. The school provides us with lots of advanced lab equipment and has plenty of hand-on experiment to let us gain more practical experience. The Leeds Union offers a wide range of activities and social clubs for students to join.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?

My favourite aspect of being an electronic and electrical engineering student is that I get many opportunities to do project work. The project work I take part in allows me to gain a better understanding of the theories and techniques that are taught in the lectures. It also allows me to apply the knowledge to reality and helps me to analyse the results between theories and practical. the university also provides me with a lot of equipment and support throughout the course.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

The first time I travelled to Leeds, I fell in love with the city. Leeds is a city that provides students with a safe environment to live, and has a wide range of different activities for people to take part. Plus, the living expenses in Leeds are lower compared to other large cities in UK, so for me, studying in Leeds was a wise decision.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I am now a second year student and looking to become a chartered electronic engineer in the future, especially in the area of the embedded systems. I studied very hard to enhance my techniques and knowledge in my first year, and everything I have done so far has paid when I was on the Dean’s List prize for academic excellence in 2014/15.This is just a small step towards my ambition for becoming a chartered electronic engineer.

My course allows me to apply for different jobs from a wide range of industries, and when I graduate I will have many career choices to choose from. So far, I have been applying for an internship and the Faculty of Engineering Employability team has given me a lot of support and guided me through the whole process.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

Study hard and play hard! This course is not easy as you think, if you spend more time on it, you will find more interesting aspects of the subject and get attracted to it. On the other hand, university life is not just about study, I strongly recommend you to try different activities, make friends with lots of international students and be involved in different cultures.