Well, each have their own stories.
Surprise discovering an unexpected career. Awe working along-side industry specialist engineers. Satisfaction unearthing a new skill. Pride solving an engineer problem. Fun finding new interests exploring life in new places.
To find out more – we asked our graduates their stories:
Chemical Engineering, PhD, The University of Melbourne Technology Kurri Kurri, NSW Australia – working on Bulk explosives Technology Helidon, Qld Australia – Developing innovative initiators
What’s been the most rewarding part of being a graduate?
Learning how cutting the edge technological advances can differentiate Orica in the mining industry.
What value has the development program been to you as a graduate?
The support - relocating, online training tools, coaching, the graduate conference, and my team all have made it easier to develop.
What’s been the biggest surprise for you on the graduate program?
Realising how flexible people need to be to adjust to new directions or projects within Orica. You need to be agile to adapt to a changing environment.
Who’s inspired you along the way?
There are many experienced scientist and engineers working with Orica, some have brilliant minds doing fascinating modelling work and some are so innovative and quick at manufacturing something new in the lab. I have learnt a lot from all these great people.
What’s it really been like transitioning from University to work?
Doing research during my PhD was half-working and managing a long-term project. However, I was still within the University environment which is different to Industry. In industry cost and the customer are front of mind. This is not always the case at University where most of the projects are science-focused.
What’s been the best advice you’re received that’s helped you?
My coach helped me release to stop comparing my new work environment with my previous research group at University. This helped me absorb Orica’s culture and made the transition smoother.
Tell us what you see in your future career?
I would like to continue working in Strategic Marketing and Technology at Orica and continue to gain exposure to different areas. Identifying new demands, developing new technologies and sustaining a high-quality service can be challenging, but it inspires me.
Has this future career path changed from when you first started with us?
I always wanted to work in a Research and Development.