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"Women make up only 16% of the traditional energy sector. Having women work in this industry will bring in new ideas and different ways of thinking. This will help in finding better solutions to the world's energy problems. By working together, we can make a better future with more power for everyone."

Sharyn Tauro

Engineering Data Solutions Intern

WHO ARE THEY: I am currently pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Computer Science (2 Minors - Enterprises and Data Science) at QUT. With a background in Immunologic Research, I have pursued degrees and worked in this field. I am proud of my academic achievements, which have remained consistent throughout my past and current career, as demonstrated by my high GPAs and other accomplishments including publications and conference presentations. I have been a mentee at Cisco Mentor Me and Dream BIG Steam Ahead Program through who I have worked as a Summer Vacation Intern and now as a Casual Graduate Intern with Energy Queensland while I complete my degree.

KEY STRENGTHS: Out of the box thinking, Research and Analytical Skills, Perseverance

WHY CHOOSE THIS DEGREE?

In the words of Marie Curie, "One never notices what has been done, one can only see what remains to be done" And there is so much to be done in the power sector right now, to come up with innovative energy solutions and to help create a sustainable future for generations to come. So please choose this ever-evolving industry that plays such a critical role in our daily lives, and you will find a rewarding and fulfilling career path.
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My Journey

Where it all started for me

I chose to pursue this degree because I was seeking a career that would offer me the flexibility to dedicate time to my child with medical needs. Computer Science and the Power Industry were the most ideal choices as they would continue to enable me to apply my problem-solving skills, contribute to the development of cutting-edge solutions that could have the potential to improve and change the industry and satisfy my passion for continuous learning and personal growth.

What did I end up studying?

Studied at Queensland University of Technology

Entering the industry

The ongoing innovations in renewable energy, energy storage, and smart grid technology are changing the way power is being generated, distributed, and consumed. This shift towards more sustainable and efficient energy solutions not only benefits the environment but can also help prevent energy wars. The future of the energy business looks cleaner, stronger, and more high-tech.

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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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Abby Biles

"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."

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Liana Lidden-Verney

"There is no gender monopoly on the skills needed in the industry. By having a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we fuel innovation and innovation is exactly what this industry will be reliant on for generations to come."

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Katrina Thomlinson

"There is value in every industry from diversity of thought and one way to bring diversity is employ more women in the workforce. Women bring different values, perspectives and approaches to solve the problems of today and into the future."

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What can I do next?

No matter if you're at high-school or at university, we have great programs and resources to get you started on your journey towards power engineering!

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