Betsy Crosbie, 20, from East Kilbride, took home a silver medal in Mechanical Engineering: CAD from WorldSkills UK contest in Birmingham in November 2015. She was awarded a Medallion of Excellence at EuroSkills in Gothenburg, Sweden in December 2016.
Having completed HND Computer Aided Draughting and Design (CADD), and working for a time in industry, she recently returned to the Motherwell Campus to study HNC Mechanical Engineering to widen her career options.
The thing that most appealed to me about my course was that I had enjoyed graphic communication when I was at school, and this course seemed like a great follow on from that. I’d also heard from my school teachers of previous pupils who had gone to do the same course at the Motherwell Campus and done very well.
I particularly enjoyed learning new software and getting the opportunity to do exams in those programmes that went over and above your college qualification. The equipment and facilities in the College are really good and up-to-date.
The most important skill I have gained is confidence in both my work and communication.
My favourite part about being a student at New College Lanarkshire is getting the opportunity to compete in WorldSkills. It has given me a lot of opportunities that I may not have otherwise had.
EuroSkills was a great experience to be part of a team of people who are all there for the same reasons as you are. It was a really difficult task and each day was more challenging than the day before.
I’m really happy with how I did and winning the Medallion of Excellence; it’s great to know that I’ve reached international standards. I got quite a lot of attention for being the only female in my category, but hopefully in the coming years there will be more females in that part of the competition.
If anyone is thinking of studying CADD, I would advise them to take all of the opportunities that are thrown at you and really make the most of it
I’m not 100% certain of my dream job just yet, but it will probably have something to do with mechanical design.