“What I learnt from uni was how to map out a problem and how to approach it,” says transport planner at MRCagney Pty Ltd and engineering science graduate Danielle Gatland.
“I use a lot of the design process in my work. In uni, you are given challenges and you learn different approaches to solving them.
“I now work for MRCagney in spatial analysis using GIS [geographic information system] programs and coding, trying to come up with ways to communicate spatial outcomes and describe the types of people who will be impacted by traffic outcomes.
“Using data, I’ve been able to visually show that an area of Auckland was deprived of public transport. But I hadn’t even heard of GIS before I started this work. You can learn anything on the job!”
Danielle’s advice: “Research what careers are out there and talk to people. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about what they do. It’s the best way to find out what’s out there.”
– Heather Catchpole
TO GET THERE: bit.ly/CwCodeUniAuckland2
Danielle’s career path:
>> Algorithm developer, Compac sorting equipment
>> Transport Planner, MRCagney Pty Ltd
“Research what careers are out there and talk to people. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about what they do. It’s the best way to find out what’s out there.”
Author: Heather Catchpole
Heather co-founded Careers with STEM publisher Refraction Media. She loves storytelling, Asian food & dogs and has reported on science stories from live volcanoes and fossil digs