Sujita Khadka wants to help people. So much so, that she’s using her skills as a civil engineer to help develop her home-country – Nepal.
“I have a huge responsibility,” Sujita says of her STEM expertise. “Being a civil engineer, I feel a sense of duty to develop my place and Nepal as a whole.”
Although currently based in Sindhuli, Nepal, Sujita is in Wagga doing a three month stint of work experience – six weeks at Riverina Water County Council and now a cadet engineering gig with the City Council. Both roles, she hopes, will equip her with skills she can apply to her construction jobs back home.
“Life is all about growth and growth comes from learning,” she stresses. “Nepal has such huge potential in technology!”
A female engineer in Nepal
At school, Sujita always had a keen interest in science and tech subjects – “I was fascinated by them!” – which led her to enrol in Sindhuli Community Technical Institute after graduation. Studying a Diploma in Civil Engineering was a huge deal for any woman, let alone a woman in a developing country.
“The only thing I could control was my work ethic,” she says. “I always kept myself really busy and productive!”
The three year degree led to a job working at the same school as an assistant instructor, where she helped out with building and construction projects.
Along with seeing students smashing their goals, Sujita cites playing with cement, sand, stone and mud – and creating something from it – among the jobs biggest perks. “Developing something from nothing still excites me,” she admits. “It reminds me of the value of the small things that nature gives us!”
Sujita hopes to take the skills she learns during her Wagga work experience placements back to Nepal, so that she can continue to inspire her students to make a difference, and ultimately help develop the growing nation.
“I’m hoping for a better future,” she says.
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Author: Cassie Steel
As Refraction’s digital editor, Cassie Steel spends her days researching robots and stalking famous scientists on Twitter.