Who are you and what do you do?
I am an international student, currently in the final year of my PhD in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering department. My research is focused on the emission reduction potential of novel fuel additive material. I have also worked as a teaching assistant in my department and the Waterloo Professional Development Program.
What do you want to do following graduate school?
I would like to pursue a career that combines my technical skills with my interest to engage with the community. I am looking forward to a career in government focusing on to energy and entrepreneurship policy in Canada.
What kinds of professional development activities you’ve taken part in? (i.e volunteering, professional skills workshops, student association, GSA)
Student Association: I have served as Vice-President and President, respectively, of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Graduate Association at University of Waterloo. My duties ranged from planning events, logistics, negotiating with administration/students/GSA, financial management etc.
Professional skill workshops: I have completed Fundamentals of University Teaching and Student Leadership certificate program at the University, organized by Centre for Teaching Excellence and Student Success Office, respectively. I have also participated in various other workshops organized by the Centre for Career Action focusing on career selection and those organized by the library, focusing on writing skills.
Describe the value of these professional development experiences.
The workshops provided an opportunity to hone certain skills, which were not being addressed through conventional academic programming. I have noticed that engineering students often lack these non-technical, people-centric skills which are actually actively sought after by employers. Furthermore, these exercises are very helpful in enabling you make a better career choice.