February 15, 2019

Are Graduates Prepared for Reality?


Well, I think they are the best that they can be from the university and the course they’ve come from, and now it’s up to us employers.

I think the bigger question is “are our universities preparing graduates for reality?”

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Yenem has so far employed 13 undergraduates and graduates and these guys have started their career path in engineering and in some cases have gone on to become great engineers arguably faster than their peers.

It’s not the university – it’s the environment that they work in – that breeds great engineers. This can be a slow process, or a fast one. At Yenem, it’s a fast one!

The undergraduate is at once doing engineering. He (not being sexist, just haven’t got a female undergraduate yet) is thrown in the deep end, but not without a “lifeguard” nearby.

Here is what our graduate engineers had to say about their experiences while at university and after joining Yenem as undergraduates and now graduates.

Zhengming (Sam) Gao – Graduate Engineer

Zhengming (Sam) Gao

“The first and most prominent difference between university and the real world is about responsibility!” 

“There is no more marking, games or grade involved; our performance will make a difference to the company’s success.

As a graduate, I need to pay more attention to the details of the model that I built or the report that I completed. Yenem’s strict checking system ensures us to explore the real world.

Feedback from a senior engineer or Dave can not only improve our performance but also guarantee the quality of results.

The use of knowledge is another significant difference. In university, one unit will contain particular topics. However, working on projects makes me realise that a broader range of knowledge is required to complete a project. There are lots of different standards wait for me to discover and the gap needs time to fill, but work as a part of Yenem makes it easier.”

Brandon Westdorp – Graduate Engineer


“I found that the design methods we were taught at University are very conservative compared to industry practices.”

“During my 4th year of study, I dove into the engineering industry by working part-time as an engineering intern with Yenem Engineering. During this time I learnt about Yenem’s design processes, software, and spreadsheets. I was assigned tasks to design a variety of structures, allowing me to put my knowledge into practice on real-world deliverables.

The year I spent at Yenem as an undergraduate set me up by allowing me to learn how to utilise Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and structural modelling software to better my designs and allow flexibility for our client’s needs.

I found that the design methods we were taught at University are very conservative compared to industry practices, using these methods in the industry would lead to conservative designs and often not effectively meeting client’s expectations.

That’s not what we do here at Yenem, we strive to design within the code constraints without allowing unnecessary conservative factors and costing our clients more than is needed.”

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