Todd Energy Graduate Profile

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Laura Hutterd

  • Graduate Engineer - Todd Energy
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) - Chemical and Materials Engineering

Did your career plans change as you studied?
When I began my studies at the University of Auckland, I did so with the intention to return to my home town of New Plymouth when I had completed my degree. The problem solving and innovation within engineering really appealed to me. Although I was not definitive on the discipline I wanted to work in when I began, the diverse opportunities gave me confidence that I would find the field that was right for me. After our first year where I got a taste for all specialisations, I chose to study Chemical and Materials Engineering because I was keen to understand and develop processes that are integral to our daily lives.

Within chemical and materials, the papers that involved the energy industry sparked my interest. We got an insight to the complexities and challenges that our generation will face in the future and that was something that I wanted to be a part of. I am now in a graduate program which has allowed me to rotate through a range of teams and engineering disciplines. My career plans are constantly evolving as I continue to learn and gain experience within the industry, but that’s one of the things that I love most about it.

Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years’ time?
As I am still rotating through a range of disciplines in my graduate program, I want to keep an open mind about which one I end up in at the end. However, in the future I hope to be working in a team on projects that I am excited and passionate about and be a valuable member of the team. I would like to continue to learn and be challenged in whichever role I end up in. I really enjoy the people and teamwork involved in the job too, and hopefully I could be a team lead and even a manager in the future.

How valuable was your internship for you as a student? How did this help you fine-tune where you wanted to head?
My summer internships taught me practical and interpersonal skills that are crucial in my career. I was able to immerse myself in the job and be surrounded by professionals that were excited to share their knowledge and experience with me. They really pushed me out of my comfort zone and gave me the opportunity to complete projects that were meaningful to the company. Having had work experience in different industries, they really helped find the place that was right for me.