• Question: Your Typical Day

    Asked by 09scots1 to Kelly, Becky, Carrie, Robin, Usaid on 16 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by manutd.
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      Robin Stafford Allen answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      My typical day is a one that has a variety of things going on. I always have some technical problems to solve that either I am working on or I am working with a specialist analyst to do calculations at my instructions. Then there is having phone calls with my opposite number engineer in France and responding to his questions, so no two days are ever the same, but most of them are fun. I enjoy going to my job, but i also enjoy coming home and doing things at home… Regards Robin

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      Caroline Roberts Haritonov answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      My typical day involves meeting with clients, sitting down with other engineers in my team to work through analysis of designs we are currently looking at, and discussions with my co-directors on decisions for the company. I also have plenty of my own work to do, reliability engineering and analysis nand writing up the results in reports to give to our clients. Many of my colleagues are based near Milton Keynes, so we spend a lot of time discussing our work over skype.

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      Becky Selwyn answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      I have a spreadsheet of all the jobs I need to get done and I plan out which days I will do each little bit, so each morning I can see exactly what I need to do (otherwise I find I get distracted easily and lose track of where I get to with each bit of my project). Usually I spend some time working on my computer model, some time planning my experiments (ordering bits I need, assembling it, testing everything), some reading of any new research that has been published in my area (or older research that is important to my work). I also try to get involved with student lab experiments once a week for a bit of a change (and some experience if I decide I want to be a lecturer in the future). I leave work at 5pm most days after updating my spreadsheet plan and spend the evenings doing anything except work!

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      Usaid Rauf answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      This varies quite a bit sometimes. Typically, it’s something along the lines of: check the news for developments in the industry; check email for any new developments in my work areas; review specifications for a system’s design; conduct risk analyses on proposed systems and suggest improvements; have a French lesson and meet to discuss progress with the different teams I work in. You can throw in a trip to Paris or Gloucester (not so exciting!) every month too.