Calibre Graduate Profile

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Brendan Lim

  • Structural Engineer - Calibre
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Civil and Environmental Engineering

Did your career plans change as you studied?
During my first year of engineering, the thought of pursuing another major had consistently been at the back of my mind. The concept of changing plans was unfathomable as I felt that the prerequisite courses I had taken in high school would be irrelevant. Rather than treating this as another dilemma, I perceived this as an opportunity to convince myself that engineering was right for me. Personally, it has always been my dream to be part of an industry where I can leave my mark on society and make a positive difference to people’s lives by giving back to the community. This resonated with a decision to pursue engineering and provided irrefutable evidence against any doubts I had.

Where do you see yourself in 5 – 10 years?
I see myself working in a managerial role in the future, taking more responsibilities and decisions for various projects. Being a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) is something I aim to be within the next 5-10 years. This means I can take my career to the next level by being able to demonstrate that I can deal with complex engineering problems that require specialist knowledge. As a Structural Engineer, this is particularly important to me as it permits the sign off on buildings and structures, knowing that they are safe and will not cause harm to communities under any circumstances. I view being a CPEng as a milestone instead of an additional qualification, as it is a benchmark with respect to my technical journey, whilst also being a catalyst in helping me make an impact in society.

How valuable was your work experience for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?
As a student, I felt that university offers a solid foundation for solving a variety of problems associated with engineering. When combined with work experience, the product is a greater understanding of what it truly means to be an engineer.

Working at Calibre has further developed my skillset to solve problems beyond the scope of a textbook. In addition to hands-on structural engineering, I gained experience in the construction and contracting world. Initially, I was paired up with a senior engineer who guided me through the rudiments of structural engineering. I agree that the hand-holding approach is only effective up to a certain point, and at times I would decide to try swim in the deep end. Moreover, as a graduate in a medium-sized firm, I have a greater involvement in projects and get a broader exposure. This means that I am forced to think outside the box and consider the wider engineering aspects, something that can only be gained through work experience. I am able to obtain a realistic insight to the day-to-day operations as an engineer in addition to understanding the importance of teamwork in accomplishing the impossible. The fact that no two days are ever the same further reinforced my decision to pursue engineering.

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