Trang Ngoc Phong

Trang Ngoc Phong

3rd-year student, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Construction Engineering

She has always been interested in the structure of buildings, says Trang Ngoc Phong who is in the third year of her Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Construction Engineering.

“I chose AUT’s engineering degree because it gives me a strong background of knowledge, as well as practical experiences in architectural engineering and building services. I also like that I can strengthen my problem solving, decision making, critical thinking and other transferable skills while I’m studying.”

The focus on relevant skills has been a highlight of her studies, Trang says.

“The lecturers inspire students with their experiences and use real examples to explain the topics. I’ve also enjoyed that the degree helps students build their knowledge step by step, and that the assignments help you develop your presentation and communication skills, and ability to collaborate.”

Creating career-ready graduates
As an AUT student you have access to a range of outstanding services, Trang says.

“AUT offers a wide range of student services – from student learning support services like peer mentors and learning workshops, to services that support your health and wellbeing. I’ve already attended several of the library and learning workshops, and used the online resources to develop my English language and academic writing skills.”

She also appreciates the support available to help students plan their future career.

“AUT’s Employability and Careers team has given me useful advice on job-seeking. I’ve also attended a number of career events and workshops, which helped me expand my network and gave me essential tips for my future career.”

Advice for other students
Now in her third year, Trang has some great advice for other students.

“It’s vital to expand your knowledge but also develop other skills that will be essential for your future career, including networking, communication and leadership skills. I also think it’s important to find a balance between your social life and studying.”

She would highly recommend studying engineering, says Trang who hopes to work in the construction industry when she graduates.

“Engineering exposes you to different technical fields and offers rewarding career pathways.”