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'I found engineering and chose it because it seemed to fit my love of maths, interest in practical challenges and passion for doing something meaningful.'

Caitlin Nicholas

Graduate Engineer

WHO IS SHE:

I completed a double degree in Electrical Engineering and Statistical Sciences at QUT in 2019. After working as a Student Engineer at Energex and Ergon Energy Network, as part of Energy Queensland, I joined the 2020 Graduate Program. While working as a Graduate Engineer, I pioneered a model to predict the end of life for Ergon Energy Network's wooden power pole population. I am currently studying a Master of Science (Applied Data Science) and hope to use data to revolutionise the industry and its practices.

Caitlin Nicholas

KEY STRENGTHS:

Data science, electrical engineering, problem solving, communication, strategy, learning mindset, challenge driven

WHY CHOOSE THIS DEGREE?

When I was in primary school, I wanted to be a teacher because I loved maths. This passion for STEM then developed into an interest in medicine. After watching Jharal Yow Yeh injure himself while playing NRL, I realised medicine wasn't for me. So, I flicked through my highschool career's book to figure out what I was going to do. I found engineering and chose it because it seemed to fit my love of maths, interest in practical challenges and passion for doing something meaningful. After my first year at uni, I transitioned into a double degree with mathematics because there wasn't enough math in electrical engineering. I am now studying a Master of Data Science because I love math, problem solving and analysis. I enjoy the challenge of trying to extract meaningful and accurate knowledge from data. I foresee that I will probably want to do a PhD in the future (likely with a focus on math / statistics / applied data science).
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My Journey

Where it all started for me

Completed High School

What did I end up studying?

Student Engineer at Energex and Ergon Energy Network, as part of Energy Queensland.

Entering the industry

Currently studying towards a Master of Science (Applied Data Science) and hope to use data to revolutionise the industry and its practices

My previous work experience

Started studying a double degree in Electrical Engineering and Statistical Sciences at QUT - After my first year at uni, I transitioned into a double degree with mathematics because there wasn't enough math in electrical engineering.

My work placement experience

I joined the 2020 Graduate Program at Energy Queensland. While working as a Graduate Engineer, I pioneered a model to predict the end of life for Ergon Energy Network's wooden power pole population.

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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