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I didn't have anyone to model my career path after so I carved my own path

by Carmela Panuccio

Technology Specialist

There are more men than women in engineering roles. That’s a fact.

I considered studying law at uni, which I thought was a sensible choice, but at the last minute didn’t think that I would fully enjoy it. At school, I really liked science and maths and I had a really good physics teacher who encouraged me to be my best self in whatever I chose to do.

So I took her advice and chose to study engineering instead. Looking around, I saw that there weren’t many like me: girls who’d decided to study engineering.

People might ask why it matters if we don’t have gender diversity in certain roles and, for me, it’s as simple as representation. I never knew that I could grow up to become an engineer because I’d never seen it done before.

If you don’t see yourself in your heroes or role models, how can you ever be inspired to be like them?

I hope I can inspire other girls to follow me, which is why I help out at graduate events and industry talks because I really am passionate about what I do.

I hope I can inspire other girls to follow me, which is why I help out at graduate events and industry talks because I really am passionate about what I do.

I’m part of the Strategy and Architecture team for Consumer Product Engineering and work with a lot of products related to the Internet of Things (IoT). Sometimes IoT comes off as a bit of a buzzword, but it’s incredible work to be a part of and forms a lot of my day-to-day job.

My team is helping to lead the short to long term strategy about smarter, interconnected devices. I love imagining what the future of connected technology might achieve and we’re asking these questions today so we can enrich our customers’ lives tomorrow.

With just an engineering degree under your belt, it’s very hard to see where it will actually take you, but I’m amazed by where it’s taken me.

In my degree, we touched on the real world application of our studies and I found that when you’re actually applying them to real world problems, you start to realise that your degree is all about problem solving.

It’s about trying and testing things out, about keeping what works, and documenting what didn’t. In many ways, my time on the Telstra Graduate Program was great because they let you try, trial, fail and improve your ideas throughout each of your rotations.

I had no idea my studies would take me this far in over two years and thanks to the ever-changing nature of the industry, who knows where it’ll take me next.

Either way, I feel like I’m ready for whatever may come.

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