Asif Mahmood is training to become an electrical engineer.
We spoke to Asif to find out more about his life, changes, and future ambitions in the trades.
What are your experiences of pursuing a career in the trades?
It is very enjoyable; I should have done it a long time ago, but the most important thing is that I am doing it now and that I am at the right centre with the best people.
What have you been doing at your training?
In the first two weeks, we have been having a lot of practical training in centre, so we have passed through the basics and now we are focussing on more sophisticated things; we have also done our defined scope training which we have all passed from my group.
What things have you been doing at your practical training?
In the first couple of weeks, we did some lighting circuits, different wiring, single circuits as well as installing electrical sockets and switches. In addition to other electrical things, in the third week, we did metal piping and wiring wall cables.
How the course has helped you to learn new things in the electrical trade?
The course has helped me a lot to learn things which I didn’t know before. For example, I realised that I have been doing some of the things not in the proper way, whereas now the course has helped me improve my skillset as well as gain new knowledge of the electrical profession.
Have you had any previous electrical experience in the trades?
Yes, I have been working as an electrician for quite some time and I know the basics, but I needed to upgrade my qualifications, so I could have better career prospects. I would definitely say that my precious experience in the trades has helped me do well in the course.
When you get fully qualified, what do you think you will get out of the course and how is it going to help you in the future?
This course will help me a lot to further develop my electrical career. For example, I have been applying for different electrical jobs, but most of them required me to have completed the seventh edition in electrics which I am currently doing in centre. When I complete this course, there will be plenty of employment opportunities for me; I could get a permanent job when I complete the full qualification or even start my own business. Basically, once I am qualified there are so many companies that will be willing to offer me employment in the trades.
What advice would you give to anyone who is thinking of signing up to the course?
Please, just do not be scared of the course. Some people think that it is hard and difficult, but actually it is not like that at all; there is plenty of help available for you and the tutors are always willing to go the extra mile. If I can do it, considering that I am not a native speaker and I had to first learn the language, I think that everyone else will be able to do it. There is nothing to worry about and my advice would be to get on the course as soon as possible because it important and it will open so many doors for you once you have gained the full qualification.