1. What is your role at Opus?
I am a Structural Engineer based in Auckland, New Zealand.
2. What do you enjoy the most in your current role?
The positive influence I can contribute to our built environment through the projects that I have been involved in gives me great satisfaction. I like working in teams consisting of different disciplines, organisations, culture and gender where we all work for common goals towards improving the facilities and infrastructure for our communities. Each and every project, big or small, brings a unique challenge and I do enjoy the problem solving aspect of the project. I must admit, it still gives me a kick to finish a design and see the completed project – even small contributions like a droplet can contribute to the ocean-like benefits to humanity.
3. What has been your biggest career achievement?
Considering my career as a part of life, one of my biggest achievements in life is developing self-belief. “If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning” – Mahatma Gandhi. Developing self-belief and suitable motivation has given me the strength and courage to face obstacles and breakthrough barriers.
4. Outside of Opus, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to do many things from baking to walking. I like to sit still and think of nothing – some may call it meditation. I do spend time on self-care such as regular exercises. “To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it” - Mother Teresa.
5. What advice would you give to people beginning their career?
Like there are no boundaries to the sky, there is no limit to our potential and power of mind. Do not limit your dreams and ambitions because of fear of failure. Do not take “No” for an answer.
When you start your career, keep a broad view of where you want to get to. If you know the purpose of life and your passion, then options open as you go. Keep your eyes open for opportunities, amidst challenges. Mentors are good if you can use them well. Do not think that you need a role-model for what you want to achieve in your life – you could be the first!