Silvester Clark Graduate Profile

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Nathan McCarthy

  • Structural Engineer, Silvester Clark
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Civil Engineering

Did your career plans change as you studied?
My career plans changed as I got further into my studies. I knew that I wanted to work in the construction industry and used my first year to get to know people and try new things. Once I made it into the civil & environmental programme at the University of Auckland, my idea of what I wanted to do became less clear as I started to realise what exactly engineering was and the many career pathways that could come from it. I moved from being sure that I wanted to be a builder with a degree to wanting to be a professional engineer with huge aspirations to bring the next skyscraper to Auckland.

I am currently working as a Structural Engineer for Silvester Clark Consulting Engineers. Although I haven’t designed that skyscraper yet, I am gaining a lot of technical knowledge and experience which will help me achieve that in the future.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?
I see myself working on larger commercial projects that benefit the community, such as schools and hospitals in West and South Auckland.

I also have the goal of working for myself, designing and building both commercial and residential buildings.

For now, I am focusing on gaining experience, learning from my colleagues and developing myself into the best structural engineer I can be in order to achieve these goals.

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?
As a student I was more interested in how engineering is applied rather than the theory of it so my time as an intern was valuable as I learnt how these work together – real engineers solving real engineering problems.

I would recommend every student works a job related to their chosen field before committing to anything. For me, my internship at Silvester Clark showed me that what I was studying was still interesting in a working environment and gave me the push to buckle down and complete my final year of university.