Kirsten Nel

Key Info

  • Bachelor of Engineering with Honours
  • Electronic Engineering
  • School Leavers Merit Scholarship
  • Engineering Fees Scholarship

Kirsten came to Waikato University from Fraser High School in Hamilton to study a Bachelor of Engineering Honours (BE(Hons)). Waikato was her first choice because of glowing reviews from other students. "I also already knew numerous other students from the year above me who were doing the same degree and only had good things to say about it."

Once she was immersed in her study, she was blown away by the hands-on element of the BE(Hons) which includes 800 hours of work experience as part of the four-year degree.

"At the end of our second and third years Waikato staff helped us find paid work placements over the summer holidays. The work of theory and practical is pretty even which means that we spend just as much time learning as putting concepts into practice."

Work placements at the Gallagher Group, organised by the University of Waikato's Faculty of Science & Engineering, were perfect opportunities for her to prove herself and gain experience in her dream job. Since graduating from Waikato, Kirsten has enjoyed a career at the Gallagher Group starting out as an electronic engineer and working through to now being a lead engineer.

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