Neo Consulting Graduate Profile

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Jude Fernandes

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

Did your career plans change as you studied?
My career plans changed considerably throughout my studies. Like many others in high school and university, I did not have a clear idea of what career best suited my passions. It was after talking to my school’s career advisor; I realised that pursuing an engineering degree would best fit my interests.

The first-year engineering degree provided me opportunities to learn about the various engineering fields. By the end of that year, I realised that I wanted to specialise in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. The project-based courses, which were prevalent throughout the degree, were what I found the most interesting and rewarding. For these projects, we would be given real-world problems and it was up to us to develop practical solutions from the theory we learned.

Following the completion of my degree, I wanted to work on engineering projects which would positively impact the community. I also wanted to work in an environment where I was given the ability to develop as a professional engineer. I decided to take a leap and work at Neo Consulting and haven’t looked back since.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
In the future, I would like to apply the technical skills I learned at university to help the company I work for to explore and integrate new technologies into our project solutions. The industrial electrical market is continuously evolving, with many companies wanting environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions such as solar power. I believe that some traditional engineering solutions still used in our industry can be changed to these newer solutions. I would love to be involved in pushing these new ideas in the future to create a greener New Zealand.

How valuable was your work experience for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?
My work experience as a student helped greatly in gaining a better perspective of the opportunities available outside of academia. During my time at Neo Consulting, I have been able to work on a diverse range of projects including electrical designs for water treatment plants, lighting designs and earthing investigations. All of these has provided a much better understanding of the type of work I enjoy and dislike. My work experiences have also significantly developed my soft skills, as I was provided many opportunities to work with people of various ages and backgrounds. I encourage all students to seek work experience while studying as you won’t know what jobs are available or best fits your interests until you try it.