Nick Smith is an Associate Engineer at ADG Construction Data Solutions. His role as a volunteer is to connect with young people considering or working towards a career in engineering by offering them insight into his work.
“The art of presenting in front of a large group, and of communicating clearly in the face of tricky questions and fast-changing scenarios, is not something engineers tend to practice.
But as engineers are increasingly called upon to communicate to various stakeholders, it’s vital for us to have these skills.
That’s one of many reasons that I’m glad I started putting my hand up for STEM engagement events and university events that required the attendance of a practicing engineer.
My volunteer role has been to engage the next generation by offering insight around what it’s like to be an engineer. It’s usually at careers events, summer schools or roundtables.
My volunteering helps develop clarity for young people considering engineering as a career. At the same time, it helps me appreciate the work I do. How? Sometimes, we’re so bogged down in our work that it’s hard to see the value of what we do. These events allow me to reflect, and I always leave feeling fulfilled.”
Read more about Engineers Australia’s volunteers here.