Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
I spent 10 years working in the construction industry as a rigger. I was looking for a new challenge and engineering gives me the opportunity to work with my head rather than with my hands and still apply some of the things I learned in construction.
I have really enjoyed the structural engineering studies as it relates to what I used to do. The staff are excellent, it's great that you meet most of them in first year and have them throughout your degree so they really know the areas you are strongest and where you struggle. I've also met a great new group of friends, who I'll keep in touch with once I've completed my degree.
I'm a member of the Industry Placement Program. IPP places students with local companies to undertake a 26 week placement program to gain vital work experience. I haven't had my placement yet, but I'm really looking forward to getting out there and learning more about the practical side of engineering.
I've really enjoyed being a Peer Assisted Study Session (PASS) leader. It's given me the opportunity to work with a great group of people who are PASS leaders for other subjects, as well as meet a new group of first year students who I don't have any classes with. I chose FedUni because as a mature age student, I didn't have the option of moving far from home to study. Also, the fact my degree is in both Civil and Environmental Engineering was important because environmental responsibility is becoming more and more important in the world today and that knowledge can be important to prospective employers. I would like to get back into construction, but on the planning and project management side. Hopefully, as a new graduate I'll be able join a graduate development program with a big construction firm and become a site engineer and eventually make my way to project manager.
I came to Open Day to learn more about the campus and the other programs available on campus. That's where I learned about the Industry Placement Program. I also spoke to a couple of engineers who work in the area about what they do during a typical day and their job in general.
University can be a lot of hard work, but it can also be a lot of fun. There's more independent learning required than most people expect, but there are heaps of support services available. Try to get involved - there are tons of different things to do on campus that don't involve your course, and you'll meet great people everywhere.
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