Philip Wooldridge was sent to Nokia in Finland on his placement. ‘One of my teachers knew I wanted a year out, and passed on the information about the ECFY to me,’ he says.
Wooldridge has a place at Birmingham University to read electronic and control engineering, and thought some work experience would be useful. ‘I liked the idea of doing it in a different country,’ he says.
At Nokia he was given the task of testing equipment for European Union CE mark approval. ‘There were about 25 people in my work area, and I learned a lot about networks and data transmission,’ he says.
Wooldridge adds that he has changed his ideas on what working day-to-day in electronic engineering will be like. ‘I thought that every day I would be working on a specific problem all the time. But there is more to it than that we were constantly being given different jobs which interrupted the one we were doing.’