Graduate has sights set on America after gaining job with international firm

Cameron Dixon (22) from Elgin graduated from Robert Gordon University’s School of Engineering on Friday 7 December with a MEng Mechanical Engineering with Merit, and has already gained a full-time job with global risk management provider, Det Norske Veritas (DNV).

Cameron DixonCameron, whose mum graduated from RGU in the late 1980s, always preferred subjects of a factual nature such as maths and physics, and aspirations of becoming an engineer.

He comments: “With Aberdeen’s status as the ‘Oil Capital of Europe’ and RGU’s great track record on graduate employment, it made sense to study at the School of Engineering. It also helped that my mum had fond memories of her time at the University.”

During his studies, Cameron took part in two 10-week assessed placements with DNV and after his first stint was offered a full-time job in the company’s UK Graduate Scheme on the condition he passed his Masters.

He continues: “The offer of a position upon graduation was great motivation for my final year knowing that after all the hard work I would have a job at the end of it. My placement was a great way of giving employers an indication of who I was as a person and how I would fit into the office environment better than a job interview ever could.

“I spent eight months working on my dissertation and made a special effort to devote time to this. Managing deadlines was always tough especially as exams often started just three weeks after Christmas so you had to get back into work-mode very quickly!

The former Elgin High School pupil was joined at his graduation by his mum, dad, granny, aunt, uncle and girlfriend Zandora.

He adds: “Everyone in the family is delighted after seeing me go through the whole process from leaving school up until graduation day. My parents were very supportive during my studies, buying me a laptop and constantly paying for my food shopping – the nights out were on me though unfortunately!

“I also can’t speak highly enough of the staff at RGU. My lecturer Jennifer McConnachie deserves special praise as she dealt with a mountain of cries for help from all the students in our class. She taught our most challenging modules in a very engaging manner and come exam time, she always managed to reply to our constant stream of emails with helpful information.

“I had a great relationship with all my tutors and funnily enough, one of my old lecturers now works at the same company as me. We’re constantly joking about our time at RGU and I’m always on his case for a D he gave me in second year!”

Now the talented graduate, who has visited Florida, New York and California, has set his sights on working in the US further on in his career.

He said: “I’ve always had dreams of working abroad and as DNV has offices all over the world there may be a chance to transfer internally to an overseas office at some point.

“I’m a big American sports fan and have visited the country numerous times on holiday. Of course part of the attraction is the warmer climate, but I also like how there is so much to explore and would love to experience living and working there.”

Issued by:
Sarah Grieve
Communications Officer

Robert Gordon University
Tel: 01224 262206
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