Honeywell Graduate Profiles

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Bridget Pyc

  • Business Consultant
  • Bachelor of Science (Physics) and Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing)

Did your career plans change as you studied?
Absolutely. During my studies, I switched majors, I changed degrees, and I even moved countries. Early in my studies I was so focused on getting the ‘bit of paper’ to get the job at the end, but nearer the end I learnt the importance of making study choices based on what excites you from a fellow student. This student had come out of retirement at 60+ to pursue his dream of studying physics. It was through this that I saw how much better one’s work quality was when they enjoyed what they did and fully engaged with it. I received questions during my studies along the lines of ‘why would you study physics and marketing - there’s no jobs in the market with that combination?’ But I continued because I enjoyed these subjects the most, and I eventually found that these varied skill sets and mindsets worked well in the corporate world, especially in my first role as a Graduate Sales Engineer for Honeywell.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?
If the next 5-10 years are anything like my first few in the corporate world, then I suspect they will be varied, exciting, and will continue to involve me working closely alongside both people and technology.

What have you gained from the Graduate Programme?
Through the Honeywell Graduate Program, I’ve had doors opened to an incredible range of people and access to spaces I never would have otherwise. I’ve gotten behind the scenes in Sydney Opera House and to view back-of-house collections in one of New Zealand’s most incredible museums. I’ve gained a variety of skills and knowledge from working with many facets of the organisation including Sales, Operations, Projects, Legal, Commercial, Marketing and Senior Management. I’m particularly proud of the work we do at Honeywell when I step back in a sales presentation and realise that our technology is making the world safer, more productive, and more energy efficient.

Hussein Salman

  • Graduate Engineer
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronics Engineering

Did your career plans change as you studied?
During my first year of engineering I was able to get a taste of all the different disciplines that were available. I initially planned on doing civil engineering when I started. As the year went on I saw my passion for robotics and automation take over and hence decided to specialize in Mechatronics Engineering. I knew this pathway had so many different career paths as everything in the world is moving in the direction of automation. Being part of this movement to make the world more efficient and productive is something I am very passionate about.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?
I see myself either being a lead technical engineer or moving into the management sector. Regardless of the choice I make, my current goal is to learn as much as I can and experience all the possible fields with in my industry. This will allow me to properly understand how projects need to be run to ensure exceptional results are achieved. Being a lead engineer would give me the opportunity to ensure projects are designed correctly and executed as planned on site. While moving into management would allow me to push new initiatives at a higher level to increase productivity and improve customer relationships.

How valuable was your internship for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?
Nothing prepares you more than getting out there and experiencing what it feels like to work as an engineer. Even though you may not be given any substantial responsibility as an intern, it still allows you to see what would be expected of you when you graduate.

My first internship was with the Heavy Engineering Research Association where I designed a generator casing for a hermetic turbo generator. This project involved a lot of research on different design options then creating them using CAD. However, as this project was mainly office based and involved a lot of report writing, it helped me see that I would like more of an even balance of site and office work. Also, while studying I worked as a tutor which helped me improve my communications skills and showed me that I would want to work in an interactive environment in the future. 

All of this led me to choose to work as a project engineer at Honeywell where I can work on large projects at both the design stage in the office and at the implementation stage on site. Learning under Honeywell’s lead engineers has given me so much knowledge and experience with so much more to come.