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Courtney Chin


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:

Courtney Chin

Bachelor Chemical & Environment, UQ Manufacturing: Supply Chain, Brisbane Manufacturing: Technical/Operations, Melbourne Manufacturing: Technical, Newcastle

What’s been the most rewarding part of being a graduate?

 Being able to make real changes and see how you’ve made a difference on site. The responsibility to run my own projects and implement them has been exciting.

What value has the development program been to you as a graduate?

I’ve had really varied experiences during my three rotations, learning completely different things in each one. Even though the experiences are varied, they all have complemented each other in helping me to understand Orica and how each business group and site works together. The coaching program has helped me step outside of my comfort zone and build on my soft skills. The graduate conference is held annually and is a fun opportunity to further develop these skills and network with other graduates from all around the region.

What’s been the biggest surprise for you on the graduate program?

How much my work mates are willing to share their knowledge. It’s great to see people taking time out of their busy day to help and enhance our learning.

Who’s inspired you along the way?

Meeting Orica employees that started out as graduates 10, 15, or 20 years ago. Hearing about their experiences from when they first start out, their roles along the way and where they are now is great to learn about all the future opportunities that might be available.

What’s it really been like transitioning from University to work?

I think the hardest part about transitioning from University to work is learning to work productively within business hours. At university, I would start early and work until lunch, take a long break in the early afternoon, and then restart university work in the late afternoon/evening. The best part about transition to work is having free evenings and weekends.

What’s been the best advice you’re received that’s helped you?

Don’t be afraid to put your hand up for opportunities.

Tell us what you see in your future career?

I enjoy working through problems with teams that have diverse ranges of skills and backgrounds (whether it be in a technical or non-technical aspect), so I’d like to see more of that in my future career.

Has this future career path changed from when you first started with us?

I didn’t really know what my career path looked like when I started at Orica, as I didn’t know what type of opportunities were available. Now that I’ve been here for 2 years, I have been able to see what is out there and map out a future career path that includes the types of things I’d like to work on.


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