How has the internship benefited you?
In a variety of ways! The major benefit has been increased confidence and the fact that I was valued by an employer. When I was studying, maybe 10-20 percent of engineering school students were female, so having opportunities like this definitely gives you a lot of confidence.
Another benefit has been the expansion of my network and the opportunity to learn more about the electricity industry.
What did you know about Transpower before applying for the internship?
I knew what Transpower did but there were lots of things I didn’t know. I knew there was scope for my skillset but I didn’t realise how much! The internship definitely enabled me to learn more about Transpower while also catering to my existing skillset and helping me add to that. I was included in weekly meetings and had opportunities to connect with other Transpower offices around New Zealand. This led me to apply for the graduate role.
What made you choose Transpower?
I hadn’t actually heard about the career opportunities at Transpower that were relevant to my degree, however I had always hoped to work in the energy industry. The fact that Transpower is a New Zealand company is also a plus.
What would you say to people looking to apply for a internship at Transpower?
It is an incredible opportunity and they should definitely apply if they are passionate about working in the electricity industry - you don’t realise the opportunities it will give you until you start your journey. As well as being exposed to the many opportunities, you will be valued at Transpower. It's also great to include on your CV and shows valuable experience.
Where do you think your career might take you?
I love my programming and data analytical skills but what's most important, is finding a job where I can utilise both. I thought that balance might be impossible to find, however, the balance that the Transpower programme provides enables me to combine my engineering and corporate skills.
What made you choose Transpower?
Before I started my internship, I wasn't aware of the career opportunities at Transpower, however I had always hoped to be an engineer in the energy sector At Transpower. During the internship, you are immersed in the industry, from generation to distribution, which enables you to gain some of the best experience in the business.
What would you say to people looking to apply for an internship at Transpower?
It's a solid investment! Transpower is a great place to work and you will be fully immersed in the business and learn about the industry as an engineer!
What were you doing before starting your Transpower internship?
I was studying mechanical and electrical engineering at University of Canterbury and hadn't thought about power engineering before this opportunity came up. I had always struggled with the idea of working in an industry to make products, so the crucial elements of working with Transpower also really appealed to me. Once I started the internship I realised it was an industry I am interested in. I eventually moved to studying power systems at university because of Transpower.
How did you learn and develop in a working environment?
I learn through asking a lot of questions and paying attention to what other people do. Being an intern at Transpower enabled me to gain practical experience by, operating in an organisation and negotiating to get things done.
Where do you think your career will take you?
Eventually I would like to go overseas, continuing to work in the energy sector.
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