A Moray student is celebrating graduating with distinction after deciding to further his career prospects.
Johnathon Beveridge (24), from Elgin, graduated with a MEng in Mechanical and Offshore Engineering from Robert Gordon University (RGU) on Friday, July 17.
The former Elgin Academy pupil, who left school in fifth year, decided to return to full-time education after completing an electrical apprenticeship with the family business and becoming a fully-qualified and certified electrician over the course of four years.
“It was only once I had completed my apprenticeship and got a trade behind me that I decided that wanted to pursue an engineering degree at university in order to further my career prospects,” Johnathon said.
“There were a number of different universities that were of initial interest to myself, however RGU stood out from the crowd due to its close ties with companies operating within the energy sector and also the unique opportunities of scholarships and funding that are available in connection with the engineering courses.”
Johnathon proved to be a high achiever throughout his time at university and cites being awarded the Tenaris Roberto Rocca Scholarship as one of his highlights.
“It was a great honour to be awarded the scholarship,” he said. “It has provided funding and support throughout my university studies which gave me the opportunity to focus entirely on my academic studies without financial worries in the background.
“I feel that the support from the scholarship programme provided me with motivation and ensured that I was able to obtain the degree that I was eager to achieve.”
Despite finding the transition from full-time work back into full-time education tricky initially, it didn’t take long for Johnathon to settle into university life.
Johnathon said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at RGU and met some great people in the process. I soon found my feet and managed to adapt to the completely different lifestyle and completely different type of work that university had to offer.
“Moving to the city of Aberdeen was a huge change from what I had been used to in Elgin, however I found that living in university halls in my first year of study was an excellent way to settle in to the city and meet new friends.”
During his studies, Johnathon also had the opportunity to complete a number of summer work placements with companies including Sparrows Group and Marathon Oil Corporation.
“These summer placements provided real life exposure into the global engineering industry and provided myself with the opportunity to apply what I had learnt within the lecture theatres at university into real life challenges and projects in a number of different global locations, including Africa, Asia and Europe,” he said.
“This not only gave me industrial exposure but also provided me with the opportunity to decide which engineering sector I wanted to work within and identify what role I wanted to pursue on the completion of my degree.”
Johnathon, who has secured a graduate engineering position with SSE in Aberdeen, added: “I am delighted to have completed university with my Masters Degree with Distinction and have thoroughly enjoyed the journey from start to finish.
“I am looking forward to the variety of challenges and opportunities that my new role with SSE has to offer in my future engineering career.”
Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology