I am from Karnataka in India. I moved to Auckland, New Zealand in 2019.
I am a civil engineer. I did my bachelor’s degree in engineering back in India. I then did my Master’s in construction management at the University of Auckland.
I applied for AT like any other graduate through the online application process. There was no special or different process as an immigrant – I just had to let AT know that I was here on a student visa.
Both my grandad and dad are civil engineers and my granddad worked for the government back in India. I could see the real impact their work had on the lives of people such as building a bridge and drastically reducing the commute time for people. I always aspired to do work like them - work that saved lives or made the lives of people better. AT is an organisation that helps me to meet those aspirations.
Everything I am doing is for the first time in my life and I am learning so many new skills. The ‘Safe speeds’ programme and marae turnouts are closely aligned with my aspirations of saving lives and bettering people’s lives – it is for the good of the people.
Whanaungatanga – we connect. Everyone supports each other. It is the best part of my job as well – I don’t just turn up, do my job and then leave. I also get to connect with a lot of people.
It is good to be open and honest about your expectations and what you want. Your managers will help you find the path to achieve those goals.