Lexmen Selvaraj

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Lexmen Selvaraj

  • Graduate Engineer - Transpower
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Did your career plans change as you studied?

The first year of my engineering degree is where I had the chance to explore and get a taste of what it could be like specialising in each of the disciplines. It was a fun time as everyone around you comes into it fresh and with different stories to share. Even though I enjoyed quite a few papers, I was set on choosing the Electrical and Electronics pathway as my first year was ending. It covered a wide range of learning and areas of opportunity. 

As I progressed with my specialisation, I had two industries that I wanted to step foot in, telecommunications and power. The papers I chose gave me a real appreciation of what it’s like to be working in the power sector. It taught me the fundamentals of core pieces of equipment and the analysis behind it. There was a lot to look forward to in the evolving and challenging power industry.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?

Currently, I am fortunate enough to be rotating through a variety of divisions, appreciating why their work is necessary and gaining a wide understanding of the company. In the future I want to be working in an exciting team where I can be tackling challenges, collaborating with great people and contribute to changes. What I have learnt so far from getting to know experienced people is that each of their professional paths were different. I still want to learn more about the sector and build up my engineering proficiency but also understand strategic thinking. The finer details I still have time to think about.

How valuable was your internship OR work experience for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?

My work experience got me learning while on the job instead of the usual university environment. It taught me to be curious and be open to others as everyone is willing to help pass on knowledge which builds upon the learning done at university. It was a great feeling when you get to accomplish projects for the business. Talking and communicating with stakeholders showed me the importance of effective collaboration. I gained a more in-depth view on the project lifecycle and business processes which is good for any engineer to have.