As a Mechanical Engineer with a masters degree specialising in the Oil and Gas industry, Isaac Bonad came to the UK to forge a career in engineering. Whilst looking for his first role in the country, Isaac was offered the chance to complete a doctorate in Scotland.
“Whilst I was searching for an opportunity in the Oil and Gas sector, I came across an opening for a PhD Research Programme.”
“I made sure I seized the opportunity and completed my doctorate degree in Nuclear Physics at the University of Glasgow.”
After finishing his PhD, Isaac found his first career roles in STEM, adding his PhD experience and engineering skills to the UK workforce.
“My first graduate role was as a Research Assistant at the UK Astronomy Technology Center. I was involved in the characterisation of carbon foam materials for the ATLAS project at the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Following that I moved to General Electric (Oil and Gas) and worked as A Mechanical Project Engineer.”
However due to the oil price crash in 2016, Isaac was forced into a career-break, despite having the considerable value of a PhD and relevant experience.
In our 2020 ‘Hidden Workforce’ study, found that two out of three engineers were in the same boat as Isaac, and they believed that standard recruitment practises worked against them.
“I did face barriers when applying for work (after losing my position at General Electric).”
“I found STEM Returners who I had heard positive testimonials about – I also knew of other engineers who had benefitted from their returners programmes.”
Isaac experienced the same positive outcome as the fellow STEM professionals who had recommended the programme.
“I applied for a placement with BAE Systems and STEM Returners gave me some coaching before my interview.”
“The end result, I secured a place on the programme!”
Isaac’s return to STEM has left him feeling positive about the future career holds;
“The programme has definitely changed my career for the better. STEM Returner’s gave me an opportunity to get back into the Engineering sector and I would absolutely recommend the programme.“