Banu Pashutanizadeh's story

Degree: Bachelor of Engineering (HONS), Mechatronics
Graduated in 2012
Current employment/position: BCS Group, Junior Controls Engineer

"When I applied to a few universities I was only 17 and about to move to NZ by myself. I had a choice between Massey University and AUT but I chose Massey because the mechatronics course seemed like exactly what I wanted – a good mix of electrical, mechanical and computer engineering.

Plus Massey was the only university that actually took the time to help me with choosing my papers, finding accommodation close to the campus and answering many questions I had.

I enjoyed Massey because it’s not intimidating – the sizes of the classes were big enough that you had a lot of mates but small enough that you knew every single person’s name! You could walk into a lecturer’s office at any time and have a chat – be it about the course work or just you grumbling about your life in general. Everything was informal and simulated learning and creativity. The programme encouraged practical learning through projects, group assignments and presentations – this set me up very well for the job I have now and gave me all the tools I require to apply in the real world.

Engineering is a skill that is acquired with years of experience. You have to be patient, but if you learn to love the subject and what engineering has done to enhance and develop mankind, nothing will hold you back. Engineering is not a black and white subject – there are many ways to solve a particular problem. So the more creative and ‘out of the box’ you are the better.

In my final semester of university, I got offered a permanent job as a Junior Controls Engineer with BCS Group Ltd. in Albany – I have been working for the company since. Now I am planning to do a master degree in management science and engineering and try to fulfil my dream of landing a job at Boeing in Seattle, USA."

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