What it’s REALLY like to study engineering – insights from an undergrad

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Thinking of studying engineering but don’t know what to expect? Here’s a sneak peek into life as an engineering student.

Meet Anna Cernev – she’s currently studying a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Adelaide. We got her to spill on the awesome perks of an engineering degree, and she even busted some myths and revealed some truths along the way!

Maths and physics don’t have to be your strongest subjects when studying engineering

“You don’t need to be the best at maths or physics to enjoy or make an impact in engineering! It is so important to have a diverse range of thinkers in every industry, engineering is all about being creative and thinking outside of the box.”

There are travel opportunities

“I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel overseas with engineering, working in Timor-Leste for a month on a sustainable energy project with a group of amazing people.”

Studying engineering will help you in heaps of different industries

“Engineering equips you with the problem-solving skills to go out into our world and enact positive change in any industry be that energy, medicine, space, technology or even art!”

Anna Cernev
Anna Cernev is studying a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Adelaide.

Engineering is for creative people too

“Growing up, I was always interested in science. At the same time, I was always a creative and people-oriented person and wanted to incorporate that into my degree and career one day. I remember hearing about biomedical engineering when I was in year 11 and thought that it sounded amazing! It managed to combine my interest in medicine and science with one of – in my opinion – the most creative disciplines on Earth.”

Uni life for a future engineer is lots of fun

“I have loved being involved as the President of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Society at the University of Adelaide, organising social events and meeting so many great people who are all so passionate.”

The career opportunities are huge

“The possibilities are endless with electrical and electronic engineering. I would love to pursue a career in biomedical engineering specifically in rehabilitative technology, with a neuroscience focus.”

You can read more about Anna in Careers with STEM: Engineering 2022. This article is produced in partnership with the University of Adelaide.


Gemma Chilton

Author: Gemma Chilton

Gemma is the Managing Editor of Careers with STEM magazine. She has previously worked as Digital Managing Editor at Australian Geographic and a staff writer at Cosmos science magazine.


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