Graduate Program: Vivian (Mechanical Engineering)
My name is Vivian. I went to Deakin University and I studied Mechanical Engineering.
How did you find out about the graduate program?
I found out about the grad program online, through Seek.
Why did you choose Metro Tunnel?
Melbourne is in desperate need for better rail and the project that we're delivering will expand the City Loop capacity. That is key in allowing Melbourne to stay as the most liveable city in the world.
How was the recruitment process?
I applied online. So you had to submit your CV, answer some questions and, I think, submit your academic transcript. And then from that, a few weeks later I got an email asking me to follow this link to a video interview.
And that was pretty simple. You just, kind of, do it at home. It's just some questions that come up on the screen and you just answer them and record your answers. And then a few weeks after that, I got a call asking if I was interested coming into the office to do a group assessment.
When I left, I didn't really think I'd pulled it off so I wasn''t expecting much. And then I got a call two hours later telling me that I'd got in, so I was pretty chuffed.
Tell us something interesting about yourself?
I'm very obsessed with penguins. I find them adorable. And I started taking tennis lessons a few weeks ago. I'm pretty bad at it, though.
What do you hope to get out of the Graduate Program?
I think professional relationships, as well as friendships. There are a lot soft and technical skills, from the people that I work with, that I'd like to finish the program knowing that at least I've gotten better at them, that I've mastered those skills.
My former mentor, for instance, is very good at reading highly technical information – very, very complex – and then just sort of transmitting that information to people very easily. Yeah, that's something that I'd like to achieve.
What have you found interesting so far?
The number of Game of Thrones fans is pretty solid. That's pretty good, definitely an ice breaker. In terms of work stuff, I got involved in some of the fire strategy for the tunnel. And that was pretty cool, seeing all the models and how they, you know, draw conclusions. That was pretty cool.