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Aerospace engineer from Sudbury finds new lease of life after coronavirus pandemic prompts switch to teaching career at West Suffolk College




An aerospace engineer from Sudbury, whose career stalled because of the coronavirus pandemic, is flying high again, after returning to her former college to transition into teaching.

Sally Vaughan had experienced a period of uncertainty after the first lockdown last March, when she was furloughed from her job Aerospace Engineering solutions in Essex.

With redundancies at the company anticipated due to the downturn in the aerospace industry, the 27-year-old sought out alternative avenues to safeguard her future.

Sally Vaughan, 27, from Sudbury, teaches in the engineering department at West Suffolk College. Contributed picture. (44752554)
Sally Vaughan, 27, from Sudbury, teaches in the engineering department at West Suffolk College. Contributed picture. (44752554)

She subsequently took up a temporary teaching role at West Suffolk College, where she had completed a degree, before accepting a full-time position in October.

“I enjoyed my job as an aerospace engineer, but then Covid hit, and I was forced to adapt,” Sally said.

“As soon as I was furloughed, my life went from 100mph to virtually nothing. By May, I felt I needed to get my career back on track.

Sally Vaughan, 27, from Sudbury, teaches in the engineering department at West Suffolk College. Contributed picture. (44752552)
Sally Vaughan, 27, from Sudbury, teaches in the engineering department at West Suffolk College. Contributed picture. (44752552)

“I started looking at other options and one was at West Suffolk College. I enjoyed my time here and didn’t think twice about applying for a job.

“When they rang up to tell me I’d been successful, I was with my mum and it was a lovely moment to share with her.

“It’s strange having your world turned upside down and I feel for everyone who has been furloughed. In terms of being furloughed, I’d say use this time as best you can as you will never get it again.

Sally Vaughan, 27, from Sudbury, teaches in the engineering department at West Suffolk College. Pictured with head of engineering Michael Nelson. Contributed picture. (44752556)
Sally Vaughan, 27, from Sudbury, teaches in the engineering department at West Suffolk College. Pictured with head of engineering Michael Nelson. Contributed picture. (44752556)

“It’s a perfect time to set goals, re-skill and make yourself more employable.”

Michael Nelson, head of engineering at West Suffolk College, added: “Sally is talented, enthusiastic and she has industry experience and students relate to her. We are delighted she has joined our team.”