Gavin Ng studied a Bachelors of Chemical Engineering (Hons) at The University of Queensland (UQ), Brisbane.
What are you doing now in your career?
I have returned to Malaysia and am currently working as an Environmental Engineer at ExxonMobil.
How did your experience in Queensland help your career?
The university courses promoted a lot of independent learning and critical thinking which gave a solid technical foundation for my career.
However, interacting with the diverse mix of people in the local community helped improve my soft skills and adopt a more inclusive culture.
My time as an international student also taught me to challenge personal biases and adapt to an increasingly globalised job environment.
Did you work or undertake work experience while in Queensland?
I was the Vice President of UQ's Student Energy Network, which served as a campus interest group for individuals to learn more about the energy sector. The club has worked with various researchers and industry representatives to organise learning programs and industry shares.
Organising and participating in these events allowed me to meet various industry experts, broaden my knowledge, and affirmed my decision to pursue a career in the energy sector.
Why did you decide on Queensland for your future?
Back when I was in Grade 1, I aspired to become a farmer. I suppose that stemmed from a wish to contribute to society in a subtle, yet meaningful way. However, I grew a curiosity around how things worked and found an interest in Mathematics and Chemistry as time passed. Hence, I thought Chemical Engineering seemed to be the right fit for me.
I chose to study at the University of Queensland due to its world-renowned Chemical Engineering curriculum.
What was the highlight of your experience living in Queensland?
Everything! Freshly brewed coffee, artisanal beers, and fresh foods were simple pleasures.
Cycling along Brisbane River to UQ and hopping onto a ferry to the city were simple routines turned into fond memories.
Since the Gold Coast was just a short drive away, weekend trips with friends to beaches and hiking trails were memories not forgotten.
However, the biggest highlight for me would be the annual springtime jacaranda bloom, which fills the town with vibrant purple tones, turning any simple street into a picturesque shot.
What career-advice would you give to give future students thinking about studying in Queensland?
Get out of your comfort zone and try new things! As a student, there are many opportunities available to seek your passion and establish a purpose for your future career. Explore as much as possible and learn from both successes and failure. Also, don't forget to build bridges with different people and enjoy your time as a student.
To put it bluntly: " Try fast, try hard and have fun along the way!"
What's the easiest way to develop a social-life in Queensland?
As a student, you would have access to various groups and societies, both inside and outside of university. Participating in these activities allows you to explore your own interests and meet different people. Personally, I joined a local church, participated in a fencing club and several Frisbee pickups, entered various hackathons and engaged in several student societies.
All of these activities allowed me to meet like-minded people and make a few friends along the way.
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