I would appreciate your advice regarding my situation. I graduated from the University of Manchester in 2012 with a BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) in Chemical engineering (you know the British system differs from the American system in that a Bachelor is 3 years). My final degree result was 56% so my degree class was a 2.2 (2:2, 2nd class division 2 in the British system). Most people in my year continued on the MEng 4 year programme (basically they don't graduate after 3rd year and just do an undergraduate Masters-British system) . Due to personal mistakes I did not get above 55% in third year so I had to graduate.
Knowing that most employers want a minimum 2:1 (preferably a 1st) with some experience, plus I had no experience, no internships plus a 2:2 so my only option was to embark on the MSc (1 year) at Manchester University (Refinery design and operation). I am passionate about Chem eng. I got ABB in my A levels. I enjoyed Mathematics and Physics so much
I really enjoyed mechanics, calculus, heat transfer, fluid flow, mass transfer, in general anything which involves deriving equations or physical phenomena gets me excited. I enjoyed thermodynamics when it gets interesting not too repetitive. In third year one question in our mass transfer tutorial on Liquid-liquid extraction, I was the only one who managed to solve it, even though I still got 54%, I seriously dont know how, the lecturer was too harsh in marking. I got 82% in 2nd year Mathematics, but 38% in the easiest subject Safety & reliability eng
. What let me down sometimes is the time management and rushing things in the last minute. So in my MSc year, I did well in 1st semester except in Computer aided process design, I failed.
So does anyone know a good method to study optimization techniques and modelling using MATLAB ? Do you use GAMS or Whats best? We learnt about Whats best? excel add in for optimisation.
2nd Semester was terrible
. We had so much to organise, proposal for dissertation, 3 subjects, plus a design project,plus coursework. So due to personal circumstances I had to apply for interruption of studies and repeat semester 2 only. (we do dissertation in the summer 3 months). I am a hard working student, who just lacks the time management and some crucial skills.
So I am starting in January in 2014. I have a lot of studying and improving my skills (Critical thinking, time management, no procrastination....) during this interruption period.
Would you recommend me to enter the job market nowadays? Even though I feel I will be disadvantaged, I got a 2:2, no chemical engineering internships, just simple Student ambassador jobs (boring...). I need to give myself some time to reorganise my thoughts and way of studying.