After deciding to move away from her studies in medicine, Claudia Valle decided to study civil engineering and management at RMIT.
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)/Bachelor of Business (Management)
It’s amazing to think that everything around us, like buildings, highways, tunnels and airports, are all designed, built and managed by civil engineers.
Before I came to RMIT, I studied Medicine at Monash University for two years. When I decided to move into engineering, I automatically assumed I’d just continue studying at Monash. However, after getting an early offer from RMIT, I could see that RMIT provided the support I needed.
The combination of problem solving and creativity that the engineering discipline presented had always been appealing to me. I chose civil engineering specifically as civil engineers are responsible for the physical infrastructure that enables modern society to function. It’s amazing to think that everything around us, like buildings, highways, tunnels and airports, are all designed, built and managed by civil engineers.
I chose to study business alongside engineering as employers recognise the need to understand the management and workings of modern organisations. I hope this degree will allow me to apply my knowledge of financial, marketing, economic and management principles to technical engineering applications.
Since coming to RMIT I have been provided with so many opportunities to be involved at the university. I’ve been a peer mentor, a student representative, a volunteer for the School of Engineering and an international ambassador for RMIT.
I was the recipient of a New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship. The NCP is a signature initiative of the Australian Government aiming to increase knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. This scholarship funded a one month Business Study Tour at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (SUIBE) in China. The personal benefits that I’ve gained from this program have been immense.
Before I graduate, I hope to do some volunteer work in humanitarian engineering overseas, providing aid to communities in need. After graduation, I would like to end up in a role that utilises both my engineering and business degree, such as in project management.