Ruth Hoog Antink
I am a civil engineer, a project engineer and most recently a design manager. I have been working with Turnbull Engineering in Sydney for just over 2 years. After graduating in 2015, I worked on the Darling Harbour Live precinct for 2 years with Lendlease as a site engineer.
My high school physics teacher always said I’d make a good engineer, but when I graduated from high school, I just didn’t know what I wanted to pursue. I enjoyed physics, psychology and philosophy – pretty much anything starting with a “P”. So, I decided to take a gap year. I worked 2 retail jobs full-time for 6 months and then decided to take my savings and travel and study. I completed a short architecture course at the University of Technology Sydney, short courses at UCal Berkely, and 2 full-credit courses (evolutionary psychology and multi-variable calculus, scoring an A in each) at Harvard University.
“By the end of my study, I concluded that I was definitely not artistic enough to be an architect and that I was ready to pursue a career in engineering. I joined Turnbull Engineering for the opportunity to work with a smaller company with a cool culture, focused on civil engineering”.
Since joining Turnbull Engineering, I have not only further developed my project and design management skills, but also learned how to design roads. I have been the road designer for several intersection upgrades and construction staging projects. I am now working on Macquarie Park Bus Priority and Capacity Improvement Program Stage 2 as a civil engineer and project engineer.
My advice to future engineers is to not be afraid of not knowing exactly what you want to do, and make sure to take your time to figure it out. Better to spend several years in various disciplines/industries now than to get trapped into doing something you don’t particularly enjoy for the rest of your life just because you wanted to fast track your career.