Adam, who is currently studying Structural Engineering with Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, applied for the QUEST Scholarship whilst he was still in the upper sixth form at Pocklington. With the support and encouragement of Ed Long, his sixth form Housemaster, Adam submitted his application and was delighted to hear a few weeks later that he had been selected to attend an interview day at the Institution of Engineers (ICE) in London in September.
During the day he was interviewed by representatives from two engineering companies, Morgan Sindall and BAM Nuttall, and by a panel from the ICE Committee to determine if he met the high standards they were looking for from potential candidates.
Adam commented “Just getting selected for the interview day was an achievement in itself and it was a fantastic experience.
“Most of the companies that were holding interviews during the day also had exhibition stands in the main hall. I had the opportunity to speak to representatives from a wide range of civil engineering companies, each specialising in different areas of the profession, and I learned a lot just from speaking to professionals in my future field.
“Whilst speaking to representatives from VINCI Construction (Taylor Woodrow) at their stand I was actually offered an interview for later that afternoon which was a nice confidence booster!
“Morgan Sindall was always my preferred choice and so I focused on that interview. I enjoyed all four interviews and it was a great day in general.”
A month later, Adam was thrilled to receive an e-mail from the QUEST co-ordinator confirming that he had been offered the scholarship with Morgan Sindall.
As part of the scholarship Adam will have paid 8-week summer placements with the firm throughout his course at university and is expected to follow on as a Graduate Engineer once he has completed his degree at Edinburgh. He will also receive an annual bursary for the duration of his course funded by ICE and Morgan Sindall.
The Queen’s Jubilee Scholarship Trust (QUEST) was set up in 1977 to support and encourage education in civil engineering. These well-respected scholarships and awards are administered by the Institution of Engineering (ICE). They are associated with excellence and the selection process is extremely competitive attracting high-calibre applicants from students, ICE graduates and professionally qualified members. Further details are available on the ICE website: www.ice.org.uk.