Inverness graduate has taken the fast track to success

A young man from Inverness who swapped accounting for engineering has graduated with distinction as a Master of Engineering.

Iain BeddallIain Beddall (23) decided after just a few months into his original accounting and finance degree that this was not the career for him, and made the move to engineering – a subject in which he excelled throughout his time at university.

Iain graduated from Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) School of Engineering with a MEng in Mechanical and Offshore Engineering on Tuesday, December 5, at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen.

“I made the decision to change to engineering because I have always had an interest in that field and thought it would challenge and engage me,” he said.

“Also the option to fast-track an engineering degree meant that I could still finish University in five years, even after changing courses.

“Having devoted the last four years, including two summer placements to my engineering degree I am very excited to have made it through to the end with a degree in hand.

“Several times throughout my studies I thought I wouldn't make it to the end so to be graduating as an engineer is still very surreal.”

Iain, whose hard work was recognised in his final year with an industry award from oil giant BP, completed his degree through the fast-track route, which allows you to condense your Masters studies into four years rather than five.

“I wouldn't have been able to complete my degree on the fast track route if it wasn't for my summer placements at Canadian Natural Resources (CNR) and Xodus Group. I am very thankful to both companies for giving me the opportunity to work with them.”

Iain impressed so much during his placement he already secured his first job in the industry, months before graduation.

“I was fortunate to secure a permanent job with Xodus Group which I started after finishing University at the end of September. 

“What’s quite amusing is that my main role is in integrity management for CNR, where I had my first placement at university.

“My aim now is to work towards becoming a chartered engineer, which only takes another four years!”


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