Stephanie Laycock

Meet Babcock at the 2020 CDES Internship & Graduate Career Expo!

Stephanie Laycock

  • Asset Engineer - Babcock
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Chemical and Materials Engineering

Did your career plans change as you studied?

In all honesty, I had no idea where I wanted to go when I was studying. I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to work within the discipline that I studied. University definitely gave me a good idea of what I enjoyed, including project management and working in a team, which became the things I wanted to do after university.

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

I’m still not sure where exactly I want to be in 5-10 years’ time, however, I know I’d love to run an engineering project. I think it would be really interesting to work overseas, and see some of the larger scale projects that are going on worldwide.

How valuable was your work experience (including internships) for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?

My work experience was invaluable as it gave me a really good idea of what I wanted to focus on when I left university. Having an internship with a factory on-site allowed me to see what all parts of an engineering business are like. Because of this exposure, I decided I wanted to work somewhere with workshops or facilities on-site. I’m currently doing a day a week working in the workshop to gain practical experience, so I’m really happy with my decision.

What is your key piece of advice for current students hoping to secure intern or graduate roles?

I would recommend that students go for any internship they’re interested in, even if it isn’t exactly in their discipline. There’s lots to learn and a lot of skills are transferrable. It’s great to see what’s out there, and what you enjoy, without worrying about whether or not something is directly relatable to your degree.