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Find out why these students chose to study engineering and IT

Engineering and IT study offers so many pathways to the jobs of the future

If you’re considering engineering or IT study in future years, then we’re here to tell you it’s a fantastic choice for the future. Jobs in these STEM areas are some of the most in-demand in Australia, and growing rapidly.

We recently caught up with five students studying in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at UTS, and they shared why they chose their courses and what it’s actually like being in uni land!

#1 Bachelor of Artificial Intelligence student Vedant Surjan

After embarking on an engineering degree and deciding it wasn’t for him, Vedant decided to turn his fascination for AI models into a career.

“Having learnt about machine learning and algorithms I was really interested to find UTS offers a course specifically for AI,” Vedant says.

“Because the course is new, it’s interesting, and I really like the programming aspect.”

Now in his second year, Vedant is looking forward to choosing third-year electives, with options to specialise in Google or iOS (Apple) platforms. 

He’s considering starting his own business as opportunities in AI grow.

“Before the course I knew AI was a big and emerging field but I didn’t realise how capable these AI models are. They can do pretty much anything you ask them to do and they have a lot of capability in different fields, whether it be programming or even law,” Vedant says.

#2 Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering) student Caitlin Murphy

When Caitlin’s Year 9 Information Processing Technology teacher suggested she apply for the Women in Engineering and IT (WiEIT) Co-Op Scholarship, she didn’t hesitate. 

“I knew a couple of students who had got it a year prior and were loving it,” Caitlan says.

Now a scholarship recipient, Caitlan says there are lots of benefits to the program aside from the $66,000 financial benefit. 

“We are lucky enough to experience three industry placements. They are all extremely professional and large companies that would be hard to get into without this scholarship.”

Caitlin has already gained valuable industry experience through a 3-month summer internship at the Australian Stock Exchange where she honed her insights into C-Sharp programming, and the functioning of the industry. She later went on to a 6-month internship at Channel 9 News, where she got to flex her front-end coding skills. 

“You learn so much quicker at university after completing these internships,” Caitlan says. And her advice to scholarship applicants? “Show how you’re well rounded, show that you take initiative, explain projects that you’ve worked on and definitely do not discount anything that you’ve done”. 

#3 Bachelor of IT student Shawaiz Bhatti

Bachelor of Information Technology (Co-op) student Shawaiz says one of the major reasons he chose this degree was because he thought it would propel his future career.

As part of his degree, Shawaiz undertakes two six-month, full-time internships in industry. During his first internship, he was in the cyber security team at insurance company AMP. 

“That’s when I realised that this is something I will enjoy and actually be able to do,” he says. 

Shawaiz then picked cyber security as his sub major and is looking forward to his second internship at Origin Energy this year.

He also enjoys the technical and practical aspects of his learning at UTS. “In cyber security there are, of course, lectures and theory, but then every week in labs we do actual cyber security attacks,” Shawaiz explains. “We run it on a virtual machine to learn how it all works and how you can combat it.”

Think UTS is the uni for you? Shawaiz says it’s a welcoming and supportive place to be. “You can join a society or a group, and with studying, everyone is helpful towards each other.”

#4 Bachelor of Cybersecurity student Jason Armstrong

As a kid, Jason had a strong sense of justice (and was even a self-proclaimed “tattle tale”). He has also always been interested in technology, so was naturally drawn to cyber security.

Knowing it’s a big growth area, Jason started exploring his study options and headed along to a UTS Cyber Security Society event. He then realised their new Bachelor of Cyber Security was the right choice for him.

Now in his second year, Jason says his favourite thing about the degree has been the classes and the people. “All my lecturers have been really cool!” 

He also loves the hands-on nature of the degree. In his first semester of uni, Jason was immediately working on practical tasks and his final project was building a LAN network.

His advice for anyone considering cyber security at UTS is to go for it. “They are developing the course now, so it’s going to be modern and to the specifications that are currently required in the industry.”

#5 Environmental Engineering PhD Candidate Mohammad Mahbub Kabir

Growing up in Bangladesh, where unreliable power supply can cause power shortages, Mahbub knew first-hand how important it is to create sustainable energy that doesn’t contribute to climate change. 

“As a young scientist, I was inspired to find sustainable and innovative ways to create an energy transition that was beneficial to the environment and in preventing climate change,” he says. Now doing his PhD in Environmental Engineering at UTS’s Faculty of Engineering and IT, he’s  currently working at Gyeonsang National University, South Korea, as a visiting research scholar on advanced hydrogen energy research.

“My turning point was when I came to UTS and saw the technology and social resources that I could utilise to make my country more sustainable, which inspired me to enter this area of research, and I’m really passionate about renewables.”

Mahbub’s brilliant PhD research looks at how we might be able to produce green hydrogen energy and liquid fertiliser simultaneously from human urine using advanced technologies. 

“In Bangladesh, we don’t have enough clean energy to use for hydrogen production, so we need to ensure the hydrogen economy is sustainable. Pure, fresh water for drinking and potable purposes is also scarce. Using impure water such as wastewater like human urine, we can efficiently produce green hydrogen and liquid fertiliser together.” 

Ultimately, he hopes his research will make the energy system more secure in Bangladesh, as well as bring socioeconomic benefits to the world. 

“Job opportunities in the renewables sector are booming. As a graduate, you don’t need to think about finding a job – the job will find you. There are a lot of big opportunities for engineering students not only in the hydrogen sector but also in solar, wind and other renewables in Australia. They are needed in every sector.”

You can read more about all of these degrees and the career paths that go with them in Careers with STEM: Future Careers.

This post is brought to you in partnership with the UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT.

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