1) Where and what did you study and when did you graduate?
I studied Mathematics at Cambridge University. I graduated in 2011 with a masters and 2015 with a PhD in fluid dynamics.
2) Where do you live now?
Denmark, Herning – in Jutland.
3) Tell us about your job...
I work for Siemens Wind Power in Denmark. The wind turbines are built here and it feels great to be part of the renewable energy sector. My job involves making the turbines better and more efficient. I really believe we are making a difference.
4) What did you want to be when you were younger?
I think I wanted to be an accountant. I have always liked numbers but I quickly realized that money doesn’t really motivate me. A job with challenges, that’s what really motivate me.
5) What did you do immediately after leaving university?
I started an Internship with Siemens Wind Power, I was ready to start work after my big cycling adventure. I took a year out before my final year of my PhD to cycle around the world. From September 2013 to September 2014 I completed 30,000 km cycling and raised over £17,000 for the British Red Cross. I would thoroughly recommend cycling, it's a great way to travel. You don’t have to be that fit and the freedom the bike gives you is truly amazing. You can literally go anywhere and pitch your tent up for the night. See Peter Pedals for more information.
6) How did you feel about your future when you graduated?
Excited! Seven years of education was enough. I wanted to get out there and do something that would make a difference. I was also particularly excited to move to a new country. It’s a bit scary at the start but it can be so rewarding. Meeting lots of different types of people from different countries is a real thrill.
Be strong, think positive and things will work out.
8) Would you have done anything different?
Nope. Well maybe spent a bit more time with family and friends before I left the UK.
9) What inspires you?
People who get out there and do things rather than just chatting about it. It’s so easy to laze around but there is so much to explore out there. The ‘do-ers’ are often not the loudest people in the room.
I am also inspired by people not taking the easy options. This could mean a lot of hard work but overall I think it pays off.
My family always inspire me too.
10) What would you like to say to our graduates looking for inspiration?
Following your passion, this will bring you happiness. It’s slightly cheesy but I think it’s worth saying. To get inspiration, it’s always great to chat to people. Whether that is having a coffee with someone you know, or trying to get in contact with someone online. They can often give you ideas or suggestions.
Before cycling round the world, I found there were a few people who would said it couldn’t be done, or they had some negative energy towards the journey. I guess for any big decision there will be people like this. But don’t let this stop you, listen to what they say and why they are saying it and ultimately let this motivate you to do it.
11) Your three favourite words
Postive-energy, karma and Hygge (danish word for cosy – but it means a whole lot more)
Thank you so much to Peter for chatting to us. We wish you the best of luck in Denmark. There is a French expression which seems particularly fitting "Bon vent" (literally: good wind!)...let the wind keep you moving in the right direction!
For more information about Peter's incredible cycling adventure, check out Peter Pedals. Also, watch this space as Peter has kindly agreed to write a guest blog for us on helping financially poor, time rich graduates see the world by bike!
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