Soon after graduation, engineering graduate Emma Buis found herself back at VU as lead site engineer on the University’s student accommodation, UniLodge Victoria University. This early experience has led her to Sydney, where she is working as an associate structural engineer.
"Originally from north-east Victoria, I was in Year 12 when VU lecturers made a presentation to my school about the University and in particular, engineering. Five years earlier, this same presentation had influenced my brother to study engineering at VU.
VU offered architectural engineering, which attracted my attention as it combined my interests in both science and creative design.
In my second year of study, I joined the Student as Staff program which allowed me to engage in the University right at the core, as part of the Student Leadership Awards. I developed essential professional skills and gained a sense of community through volunteer work.
I believe that the extracurricular activities I was involved in at VU were vital for the initial CV screening process when looking for work, setting me apart from other applicants. The smaller class sizes and accessibility to lecturers were ideal, and the problem-based learning played a key role in setting me up for the workforce. The classes encouraged logical thinking, team work and being resourceful.
Since graduating, I worked on numerous projects at Wallbridge and Gilbert, including the Casey Specialist Centre in Berwick, the Knox Private Hospital Upgrade in Wantirna and VU’s new student accommodation on Ballarat Road. In 2018 I moved to Sydney where I joined Taylor Thomson Whitting as a structural engineer and was promoted to associate structural engineer in 2019."