Bachelor of Engineering (Marine and Offshore Systems) student Eun-Jin Kim (Laura) says she has always enjoyed making things with my own hands – from Lego and woodcraft, through to robots and circuitry – I am fascinated by how things work.

I grew up in a little town called Gwacheon, in South Korea, which is very similar to Launceston in size. I originally wanted to be a pilot in my home country, but my hearing and vision weren’t up to par, so I started to look further afield for practical careers like engineering.

I had the opportunity to complete my college education in Tasmania, and I first heard about what the Australian Maritime College has to offer at an on-site careers day. I hadn’t really considered marine engineering, thinking that it would be very much a seafaring man’s world. It turns out it’s not like that at all. There are plenty of opportunities to gain work in the field on shore.

I have been involved with a variety of on-campus activities since I started at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) – the student representative council, the Korean Society and the Fellowship of Christian University Students.

As a student representative I got the opportunity to talk about the benefits of studying engineering, and to help out at Open Day. I consider things like that to be my payback to the UTAS community. I also really enjoy encouraging young people to think seriously about doing maths and science at school. Engineering is a great career option, and I think that more people need to consider it, especially women. If you are willing to push yourself, why not look at a career that is offering great financial returns and the potential to travel worldwide.

AMC and its excellent facilities have given me the kind of hands-on practical experience that I was dreaming of. In our first year, we got to make a rattrap boats for the annual race that is held in the model test basin, and that was really fun. Practical experience really helps. It not only allows you to see mechanical structures in action, but it teaches you to how to work effectively with a variety of people and improve your project and time management skills.

I am really interested in renewable energy and would like to eventually obtain a position in the natural gas industry. I would love to stay in Australia but definitely, consider other countries. My final goal is to go to Antarctica.

I am currently living off campus with my homestay family. They are really nice and continually help me to improve my English. I like living in Launceston. The people are really friendly, and it gives me a “hometown” feeling. I also love Tasmania’s natural environment and, in my spare time, love to just pack up and go camping.

I would recommend UTAS because it is the perfect place to study. It doesn’t matter how smart you are, you have to be prepared to go that extra mile when you are an international student, and Tasmania is the perfect place to do that.

If you are planning to come overseas to further your education, my advice to other young international students would be to focus on learning English. If you have a reasonable grasp of it when you arrive your transition into university life will be much smoother.

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