OUR STUDENT ENGINEERS
When students join us as members, they get access to a community of experienced engineers and visionaries who guide them throughout their careers. We offer scholarships and awards plus plenty of networking opportunities to our Student Members – at zero cost.
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Students like free stuff and we don’t tend to travel far for events, so it was great when Engineering New Zealand came right onto our campus to talk to us about free student membership. I’ve been a member since my first year of professional studies at Canterbury University when I got chatting to Kavita at Clubs Day. I still catch up with her today – three years on!
"I didn’t know a lot about what it was like to be a member when I first signed up, but I’ve learned so much through the Engineering New Zealand events."
I didn’t know a lot about what it was like to be a member when I first signed up, but I’ve learned so much through the Engineering New Zealand events. The Speed Interviewing, where I was coached on how to do a good interview, was probably the most valuable for me. That, and the Secrets to Success lecture by Malcom Buchanan CMEngNZ of Silver Fern Farms. His talk was a real eye-opener. University study is very focused on the technical side of engineering, but when I heard Malcolm talk about how his career has taken him in different directions, I thought about life after uni for the first time.
Later, I helped organise some of the Engineering New Zealand events around campus. Kavita Kansara (Employers & Academics Engagement Manager at Engineering New Zealand) was amazing – she introduced me to some high-powered people. There’s no way I would have got to meet CEOs without having volunteered for these events.
By getting involved with Engineering New Zealand, I learned that employers might be interested in your grades but they also want to know about you as a person. Being a member is such a positive thing, it shows that you’re keen and want to be part of the greater engineering community.
I am excited to be entering the workforce as an engineer. I have a job lined up with BCD Group, the firm I interned with as part of my extended learning. I did 400 professional hours at BCD and really loved working there. I must have impressed them, because they offered me a design role.