Early career case studies 2011

Newly qualified engineers and technologists share their experiences on starting work full-time.

Bushair Ahmed

Bushair Ahmed - electrical engineer - WorleyParsons

Bushair Ahmed's first graduate job is working as an electrical engineer for engineering consultancy WorleyParsons in the United Arab Emirates. Here he explains how the first weeks were tough, as he proved himself professionally, and what surprised him about working life. He talks about how he's grown personally and professionally and the great opportunities young professional engineers have.



Chris O’Shea

Chris O'Shea - software engineer - Cassidian

Chris O'Shea followed up a recommendation from his professor by checking out EADS' stand at a local career fair. Although he had a masters degree lined up, he applied for the graduate scheme and the rest is history. He loves the variety of his work at Cassidian Systems. Currently technical lead on a military comms research project, the work is hard and the hours long, but very rewarding. Coming full circle he plans to further his education by completing a research degree whilst at the company.



Jia Hwang Tew

Jia Hwang Tew - software engineer at Gemalto Singapore

Jia Tew Huang is a software engineer at Gemalto Singapore, working in research and development (R&D) for its telecommunication business. He began working here in 2008 after graduation and he shares what life has been like during the first three years of full-time work. The opportunities to work abroad, improve current skills and gain new ones meant that working life exceeded all of his expectations.



Michelle Barnett

Michelle Barnett - graduate software engineer

Graduate software engineer Michelle Barnett talks about her first year working as an engineer. She tells her job-hunting story, shares her experiences of settling in during the first few weeks and the ups and downs of the job.



Nadeera Madumal

Nadeera Madumal - instrumentation and control engineer

Working in the instrumentation and control department of the Ceylon Electricity BoardinSriLanka,NadeeraMadumal has stepped up to the challenge of fault finding and system maintenance.



Sharif Alghowail

Sharif Alghowail - IT graduate at Thales

What's life like as the new guy on an IT graduate scheme? Sharif Alghowail, 25, shares his first experiences of working life. He talks about how the experience joining Thales was quite intense, how he was surprised at how relaxed people are at work and how much an employer trusts you with your own work and time. He also talks about becoming much more relaxed and confident now he's settled in and the training opportunities he's had to date.



Shiva Pillay

Shiva Pillay - graduate electrical engineer at Transpower New Zealand

Hunting for work during the recession, Shiva Pillay's summer work placement at a power utility helped him land a place on Transpower's graduate scheme. Rotating through departments has given Pillay a chance to try out a wide variety of roles and to pick up a number of new skills on the way. Support and guidance from senior engineers also made the move from university to workplace much easier than he expected.