For many people, postgraduate education is the chartered map for a chosen career path. However, for others, including Sir Thomas White Loan Charity education loan recipient Thomas Davis, it’s an opportunity to explore a field that leads to a completely different career path.
Thomas, from Groby, studied Building Surveying at undergraduate level. However, following a work placement during that time, he realised that he wished to enter the field of engineering, and felt that postgraduate study was a great opportunity to do so.
“I studied Low Carbon Building Design and Modelling,” explained Thomas with regard to his postgraduate course. “This was an engineering course and focused on how buildings use energy – and how to minimise energy through design. Mathematical models of buildings are used across the industry in various forms to aid the design process and check compliance with regulations. We learned about the basis of modelling and how this forms modern software packages. I really wanted to understand how buildings work in more detail.”
Choosing to study at Loughborough University, with the course accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, the qualification enabled Thomas to work towards becoming a chartered engineer with the Engineering Council.
“I found out about The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity through the Loughborough University website,” continued Thomas. “I was looking into support options for funding and needed the loan to go towards the course fees.
“I found the application straight forward, the forms were simple and I found the interview really relaxed and spoke about the plan for my studies.”
After being approved for one of the charity’s interest-free loans, Thomas commenced his studies and went on to enjoy a hugely successful time on the course, which has since led to a role in engineering in Bristol.
“I really enjoyed my time at Loughborough,” Thomas said. “The course was interesting and taught by excellent lecturers with a passion in their fields. I learned a huge amount and studied particularly hard to win a prize for the highest final grade in the year.
“My postgraduate studies allowed me to pursue a completely new avenue and embark on a career in mechanical engineering. That would not have been possible without the qualification.
“I’m now working as a Senior Mechanical Engineer in Bristol. We work on varied building projects across the UK and I work in teams of engineers and consultants to deliver the design of new buildings across different construction sectors.
“I would strongly recommend exploring a loan with The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity,” he concluded.
“They have been pleasant to deal with from the beginning, right through to the repayment of my loan. The repayments are very manageable and no interest is paid, which is significantly better than a bank loan.”
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