Robert Mather is an apprentice at global defence, security and aerospace company BAE Systems, where no two days are the same.
Tell us about the job you’re doing now. What does it involve?
I work in the Eurofighter Typhoon Systems Integration Team at Warton and we are in charge of testing all of the latest software for the aircraft. I basically spend my days flying an aircraft simulator in order to ensure that both the software and hardware are working as expected and that any issues found are identified and fixed before it is fitted to the actual aircraft.
What is the most exciting aspect of your work?
The fact that every day is different and there is always something new to learn.
Would your classmates from school be surprised at what you’re doing now?
Yes, because I always said that I wanted to become a Dentist.
Was there a teacher who had a particularly strong influence on you and if so in what way?
My DT Teacher was always very inspirational and was right when he told us all that we can do whatever we want as long as we work hard for it.
What school subjects were you good at and have any been surprisingly helpful later on?
I was good at English at school which surprisingly has come in very useful in my current job as I often have to write reports and update documents.
How did you decide what you wanted to do after school?
I originally wanted to become a Dentist when I left school; however after starting my A-levels I realised that I no longer wanted to study full time and saw the BAE Systems Apprenticeship as a great opportunity to study, work and earn a good wage.
What has been your proudest moment?
Winning the BAE Systems Apprentice in Engineering Award 2011 was fantastic as it was great to be recognised for all of my hard work and effort.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
I am about to begin a four-year part-time degree in Computer Engineering and believe that with this qualification and the experience I will gain over the next 10 years, that I have what it takes to move up through the business into management.
What advice would you give someone still at school who wants to do what you’re doing now?
Apply early, work hard and go for it!
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