RMIT alumnus Sahana Shivanna
Sahana Shivanna, an electronic design engineer at iSyst Intelligente Systeme GmbH in Nuremberg, made her way to Germany through RMIT’s International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP).
"It was in my final year of a Master of Engineering (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) at RMIT in Australia, where I secured a 12-month internship placement at iSyst Intelligente Systeme GmbH, where I supported to develop a real-time automotive software," she said.
"Applying for RMIT's RIIERP program was the best decision I made during my study at RMIT and it has proven to be a game changer in my career path.
"It not only gave me an opportunity to set my foot in Europe but has also enriched my experience with broader international exposure," Shivanna said.
"The journey of transformation from being a student to a professional engineer has led me through wide range of learning cycles, both at a professional and personal front.
"During my internship, I was offered the opportunity to continue on as a Hardware and Software Test Engineer and now I’m responsible for product design and development of digital electronic devices for automotive applications."
Shivanna said that at first, adapting to the local culture in Germany did present its share of challenges but determination and perseverance paid off in the end.
"Through these experiences, I've mastered stepping out of my comfort zone and faced my fears and challenges," she said.
"I've improved upon my skill sets and have learnt to unlearn and adapt, and most importantly, to stay committed to bringing my dreams into reality, which has seen my evolution into the strong, confident and successful woman that I am today."
And Shivanna's advice for women considering a career in engineering?
"It’s always exciting to see more women in STEM," she said.
"I would recommend taking on a global internship to gain practical experience and wider exposure in your area of study."