Shendi studied Civil Engineering at the University of Auckland, graduating with an honours degree in 2018. She has enjoying working on a board range of projects, not just in her safe systems team and developing her skills further.
What made you decide to become a transportation engineer?
From my time in University I became particularly interested in the transport sector. I took interest in the behavioural aspects of transportation design and planning. I also thoroughly enjoyed technical design, such as horizontal and vertical alignment and intersection design.
What did you do before Abley?
I previously worked at Fletcher Construction Company being involved with the Internationals Apartment project as a summer intern. My next role was a University researcher for the summer, developing a geospatial map representing storm related damage to infrastructure in the Bay of Plenty region. However, this is my first permanent full time job.
What does a typical day in the office include?
Not one day is typical. Each project is different in a lot of ways. The one consistent thing thus far has been my morning tea.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Working with a team that are passionate, have a large amount of experience and knowledge inspires me every day. I also love starting new projects that are challenging and learning new aspects to the job every day.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
Making sure I check multiple times during tasks that I’m doing what the job manager is looking for, among other newbie things that I am sure I will get the hang of soon.
What’s your career highlight so far?
My career highlight is more of a life highlight. Completing university, getting a job in my field that I enjoy and getting top of the class for a water resources modelling paper, have been my highlights so far.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy doing several activities and always want to try something new or develop a skill. I particularly enjoy dancing, painting, yoga, hiking and lots of other activities