"As we confront Australia's national skills shortage and the pressure to achieve Net Zero, the inclusion of women in the power industry becomes even more crucial. By leveraging diverse talents and perspectives, we can address these challenges. There are so many incredible women out there who's skills are needed in this space they just need the industry to support them in return."
Graduate Electrical Engineer
WHO ARE THEY: I'm Abby Biles, an Electrical Engineer currently working at Energy Queensland. Rockhampton is not just where I work; it's also my hometown where I grew up. Being able to live and contribute to the industries in Regional Queensland fills me with immense pride and passion and I am extremely enthusiastic about my local community. During my free time I love getting outdoors and camping with friends, I find it's a great way to relax and break the routine whilst being able to appreciate the natural beauty that Queensland has to offer.
KEY STRENGTHS: Communication, Detail Orientated, Public Speaking, Local Knowledge
WHY CHOOSE THIS DEGREE?
Where it all started for me
From an early age, I developed a passion for science and wanted to pursue a career in this space. Attending a Women in STEM event hosted by a local industry introduced me to engineering as a potential career path, and further involvement in engineering-related activities at CQUniversity solidified my decision to pursue the degree after high school.
I was attracted towards engineering over other STEM pathways due to the sheer variety of pathways available and the presence of plenty of local industry around Rockhampton which would ensure I wouldn't have to relocate to a major city to find a role.
It was my dad's career as an electronics technician that influenced me towards Electrical Engineering specifically, he had taught me basic circuitry and soldering skills from a young age which inspired an interest in electronics and electrical theory.
What did I end up studying?
Studied at Central Queensland University
Entering the industry
What excites me about the future of the power industry is the transformative change it is undergoing. With the Australian Government making a firm commitment to reach net zero by 2050 the industry as a whole will face huge change over the coming decades. This will completely revolutionize the way we approach power generation, transmission and distribution and come with a great set of challenges.
As an electrical engineer, being on the frontlines of this change is incredibly exciting. The future holds countless new opportunities, driven by sustainability and renewable energy, that will shape the industry in ways we can't even imagine yet. It's a thrilling path ahead with the chance to make a significant impact and be part of shaping the future of power.
My previous work experience
My work placement experience
What I'm doing now
My advice for anyone looking to get into the industry?
Take advantage of as many work placements and industry speakers at API events as possible - so you can get a good understanding of the many areas you can specialise in.
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