With a passion for maths, Sherry Ma decided to study a double degree in civil engineering and management. While still studying, she's already gaining heaps of experience in industry.
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)/Bachelor of Business (Management)
I've always been a fan of maths and physics, so I was drawn to civil engineering as a way to apply my skills to issues in the real world.
Through studying at RMIT, I've developed skills in a number key areas, particularly problem solving. I've become able not only to address the issue directly in front of me but also to anticipate further challenges that might come up later. This is vital on both the engineering and the business sides of my study.
RMIT's civil engineering degree definitely prepares you for the real world. From the first subject, we've been treated as engineers and asked to solve real life issues in engineering. We got a taste of construction by building our bridge model in the Steel Structures subject and have developed enhanced teamwork skills through group projects.
The exposure to industry during my studies has also been incredibly helpful. I managed to get my first job in the industry through a scholarship interview I undertook and my second through my work placement. It definitely helps to understand what responsibilities a junior engineer faces and having my foot in the door has allowed me to see how businesses operate, from tendering to completion.
For anyone that grew up dreaming of building big things this is the perfect program. For me, I would love to become a pro construction planner or design manager because they involve my love of calculating and solving problems.
I love what I do because I feel accomplished by contributing in infrastructure development.