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'While I contemplated pursuing other passions and interests outside of STEM, I knew I felt most fulfilled being pushed out of my comfort zone and challenged to think, which led me to pursuing engineering.'

Emily Shawsmith

Graduate Electrical Engineer

WHO IS SHE: I am a second year graduate on the Energy Queensland graduate program in Brisbane. I finished my dual degree in engineering and physics during 2020 at the University of Queensland. While studying, I participated in research and industry programs in fields ranging from astrophysics and machine learning to oil and gas. I also was a tutor at UQ for many years, teaching first year science and engineering courses and developing learning material. I currently work in the south east network operations team. I have previously completed rotations in network planning and substation design. My time with Energy Queensland so far on the program has been incredibly rewarding.

Outside of work, I love spending time with my partner, puppy and family. I also love going to the gym, playing board games, and cooking.

KEY STRENGTHS:

Team work; Verbal and written communication; Analysing problems, ideas and solutions; Stakeholder engagement; A willingness to learn.

WHY CHOOSE THIS DEGREE?

I started university in 2014 studying physics as I loved science in high school. I did not have a clear vision about my career when I enrolled in university but thought this was a good starting point as it appealed to my interests.I was very fortunate to receive a number of opportunities while studying physics to take on research projects, however I often found that these projects did not provide tangible and practical applications of the content I was studying. I became demotivated by my studies as time progressed and began to put less effort into my studies, resulting in a disconnect from my initial love of STEM.I then took a short break from university working casually, and very quickly realised I missed learning, but something needed to change. A few friends studying engineering recommended I give it a go. I was reluctant to pursue the challenge after my previous experience at university but felt this was the best time to try it out and push myself. I was also intrigued by the broad range of opportunities available specifically in electrical and power engineering, and the possible positive impact I could make through pursuing work in the energy sector. While I contemplated pursuing other passions and interests outside of STEM, I knew I felt most fulfilled being pushed out of my comfort zone and challenged to think, which led me to pursuing engineering.
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My Journey

Where it all started for me

Completed High School

What did I end up studying?

Took a break from studying and worked casually

Entering the industry

While studying, I participated in research and industry programs in fields ranging from astrophysics and machine learning to oil and gas. I also was a tutor at UQ for many years, teaching first year science and engineering courses and developing learning material.

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My previous work experience

Started studying towards a Bachelor of Science (Physics) - I started university in 2014 studying physics as I loved science in high school. I did not have a clear vision about my career when I enrolled in university but thought this was a good starting point as it appealed to my interests.

My work placement experience

Returned to university to study at Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) (Honours) - I was also intrigued by the broad range of opportunities available specifically in electrical and power engineering, and the possible positive impact I could make through pursuing work in the energy sector.

What I'm doing now

Currently a second year graduate on the Energy Queensland graduate program in Brisbane. I have previously completed rotations in network planning and substation design. My time with Energy Queensland so far on the program has been incredibly rewarding.

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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