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5 women kicking goals in graduate positions

Cyber security careers

Apply for graduate positions and need some inspiration? The five women below have been in your shoes! Check out their stories and advice for those taking their first steps into the STEM workplace after university.

1. Technology graduate – cyber

Name: Tori Birch
Employer: Commonwealth Bank

After completing internships and graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) at UNSW Sydney, Tori joined Commonwealth Bank as a technology graduate (cyber), using her STEM skills, creativity and knack for communication to help keep the bank and its customers safe from hackers. She says it’s the perfect blend of the technical and non-technical.

Advice: “If I could give advice to students, it would be to not cut yourself off from opportunities simply because you don’t see yourself represented in that field or in its media.”

Read more about where Tori’s graduate position has taken her here.

2. Graduate mechanical engineer

Mechanical engineer

Name: Abby Hutchins
Employer: WSP

From working on giant dam projects like Sydney’s Warragamba, to visiting mega pipelines measuring more than two metres wide, graduate mechanical engineer Abby loves that no one project is the same as the next in her gig at global engineering firm WSP.

“It’s never repetitive. You are always looking at a new problem and there’s always a different type of solution to it, which honestly, that’s the part I enjoy the most,” Abby says.

Advice: Abby says you should do what challenges you. “The most difficult tasks give the most rewarding results.”

Check out Abby’s STEM CV here.

2. Graduate engineer

Hope Sneddon - Graduate Engineer

Name: Hope Sneddon
Employer: Boeing

In her final year of studying a Bachelor of Electrical & Aerospace Engineering at QUT, Hope was accepted into the Boeing Internship program with Boeing Defence Australia, where she was placed in the Air-Power Teaming System Program. After graduating, she was offered a full-time position as a system engineer.

Top tip: “Having people skills on top of technical knowledge makes all the difference.”

Check out what a day at work in a graduate position looks like for Hope here.

Hope is featured in our Women in Engineering video. Subscribe to the Careers with STEM YouTube channel.

4. Graduate structural engineer

Name: Jade Lai
Employer: National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Jade transferred from architecture to engineering and eventually found her groove completing a Bachelor of Engineering at QUT majoring in civil engineering as well as transport engineering and planning.

After graduating, she jumped straight into a Master of Engineering Management and received the QUT Online Women in STEM Leadership scholarship.

Now with her master’s degree almost complete, Jade works at the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator.

Words of wisdom: “Anyone can be an engineer – I really encourage it.”

Read more of Jade’s story and find out more about her graduate position here.

5. Graduate developer

Pranavi - CBA and Telstra

Name: Pranavi Gangapuri
Employer: Commonwealth Bank

Pranavi flexes her skills even more as a graduate developer at the Commonwealth Bank and a typical day on the job involves writing code, working as part of a team and writing documentation.

She’s a big fan of the structure of the bank’s tech graduate program. “I work with other awesome graduates and participate in activities like the amazing race, trivia nights and social events,” Pranavi says.

STEM workplace tip: “Sometimes what you think are silly questions are actually really important to be raised!”

Watch Pranavi talk about her graduate gig in this video!

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