Sam Hooper

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Sam Hooper

  • Structural Engineer - Mitchell Vranjes
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Civil Engineering

Did your career plans change as you studied?

Yes, 100%. Coming into first year I was very open minded about what Engineering discipline I would like to enter. I was deciding between three options (Civil, Mechanical and Chemical and Processes). It wasn’t until the second semester of first year, when I had tried little bits of each discipline as well as talking to lecturers that I decided on Civil Engineering. Furthermore, within Civil Engineering there are more decisions you have to make about where you want your career to go. Keeping an open mind and giving everything a proper go was imperative for me in choosing the discipline I was most happy with. By doing this I kept my career path broad and did not close too many doors, allowing me to change later in my career if I wish.

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

In 5-10 years’ time, I would like to have a well rounded engineering and managerial set of skills developed. I definitely would like to have worked on one major project with a main role on it. I would think it would be around this time, I would be considering working overseas to gain some international experience.

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 internship was very valuable to me. It helped me both technically with my engineering skills, but also career wise, pointing me in the right direction. It allowed me to be confident in the skills I had developed in classes as I was able to use them in the real world. Being around professionals within the Engineering discipline was also very valuable as they are very different to academics we surround our selves with at University. They gave me invaluable advice about my career choice and are a big part of the reason I am were I am today.