Case Study: Dr Yi Li and Aircharge
Project duration: 29 Months
End date: 31/01/2018
How did you find the support once the partnership began?
The support has been great from the University and the company. I was integrated into Aircharge by the University well and the job was clearly outlined so I knew what was expected of me day to day. I had supervisors at Aircharge and the University of Reading who are always readily available to offer support whenever I need it, and I am fully aware of my responsibilities as an associate. In actuality, I have double the support which is amazing!
How has the triangular relationship between the business, the University, and yourself resulted in being a key factor in your development?
The key thing in a KTP project is that you are managing your own project so have a clear vision of what you want to learn and how you want to develop. The University and Aircharge offer me frequent meetings to discuss my ongoing career development and how I can best capitalise on the opportunity.
Please could you describe the benefits of becoming an Associate?
Mainly learning new information. For example, for my project I knew a lot already, but I learned how to better the user experience and really develop my knowledge. It's important to learn new areas of development and testing from both Aircharge and the University of Reading to ensure the product is as good as it can be. Also, if you just work for a company you only meet the people who work there, but being part of the KTP it means I'm exposed to students and academics from the university too which is a great benefit.
Would you recommend KTP to other graduates? If so, why?
Yes, the KTP is great! I think you have so many more options available to you, especially with the training budget. You have so much support available to you, which is fantastic.
What one piece of advice would you give to a graduate considering KTP?
All I can say is try your best. Don't be afraid to try something new; you may not have already learnt exactly how to do what you will be doing in the project, but trust that the support and expertise is there and take that leap!
You can read Yi's complete case study here.