Georgina Ims has graduated from The Australian National University having fulfilled an ambition to build on her mathematical and science strengths to complete a degree with tangible applications.
“The research and development program was an opportunity to work independently and gain academic research skills, whilst also making a real contribution to an engineering research field,” Georgina said.
“I was able to learn how to solve problems in a systematic way using knowledge gained through a specialisation. You learn how to work methodically and collaboratively, and are challenged to be innovative.”
Georgina chose to study at ANU, because it consistently ranks highly for employability and offered an engineering degree that is unique in Australia. Smaller class sizes also provide a greater opportunity to interact with lecturers and tutors.
“I also liked the idea of moving to Canberra because it has a large student population in a small but happening city,” she said.
Outside of study, Georgina has also been able to pursue a number of extracurricular opportunities including international exchange, attending the Engineers Without Borders Design Summit, pursuing sporting interests and as the Executive Director of Fifty50, a student-led organisation which promotes gender equity in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) at ANU.
“I learnt a significant amount about management and leadership, and I have already discovered my experiences in Fifty50 translate strongly to the workplace,” she said.
After four years of study, Georgina will start a graduate job in Canberra in 2018 and is excited to pursue a rewarding and challenging career.
“The opportunities I have had at ANU have shown me the importance of pursuing a career path you enjoy, and working towards a purpose that you care about. I also want to be challenged on a day-to-day basis,” she said.
As Georgina excitedly anticipates her future, she is happy to share some advice with future ANU students… “Go for it. I moved to Canberra for ANU and I don’t regret any part of my decision. Whatever your interests are, there will be opportunities at ANU for you to pursue them.”