For Dan, taking a risk to study engineering is paying off.
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) (Honours)/Bachelor of Business (Management)
SP AusNet Woman in Engineering Scholarship
Initially studying engineering was a gamble for me, I didn't know what engineering would mean in terms of work. I took a risk that from all the different types of engineering I could specialise in, one of them would be for me.
I decided to study at RMIT as it has an exceptional reputation for practical work and tying in all the theory. It also has a great social vibe and the city campus location is perfect.
I was fortunate to receive the Women in Engineering Scholarship and an award from SP AusNet which provided financial assistance and a 12-week paid vacation work experience. Working in a power company that deals with transmission and distribution power lines gave me an understanding of the corporate environment. I recommend to all students to get work experience as early as you can – it is a great eye opener and enriches your degree.
I’m also involved in the FSAE Electric Racing team. This is an amazing opportunity where you get to be part of a team building an electric car. This year I’m working on the vehicle control unit and it’s the most exciting design work I have ever done! You are part of a student run organisation, have access to resources and support and can really delve into the practical work. It also teaches you a lot about working in a team.
In the future I plan to work oversees ultimately I want to work in the renewable energy field, and contribute to a solution towards climate change.“