Vesna NedicToronto, Ontario, Canada
I have been a licensed professional engineer in Ontario since 2003. I work as a building code examiner for the municipality. I review building permit plans to determine if they are in compliance with building codes and good engineering practices.
On a daily basis my work involves implementing a high level of professional expertise; delivering a high level of customer service as a civic employee; and completing my work efficiently. I am certified by the Ministry as a municipal official for the Ontario Building Code. I am also certified by the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA) as a building code official.
Here’s a bit of what we can cover in our PivotPlanet session(s):
• How to create an excellent resume and how to present yourself for an engineering position.
• How to research potential employers in the industry.
• How to improve your engineering skills.
• How to make you, your skills and experience more marketable.
• How to succeed as a woman in male dominant profession.
Strong education is not necessarily something an employer will look for in hiring an engineer. Even in a very technical profession like engineering there are aspects other than strong technical knowledge, which are crucial, such as efficiency, project management, communication skills, etc.
When I came to Canada, looking for a job was a full-time job for me. I did a lot of research and learning about how to prepare a successful job application. I sent my resume to about 100 companies. Then I did follow-ups. As a result, I got three interviews and in three months got my first engineering job.
After a few years, I began thinking about how I wanted my career to grow. I was interested in becoming a municipal engineer, and I did a lot of research. I began checking municipal web sites, but I did not believe I would even get an interview as there was a lot of competition. But I did, and I got my current job and achieved one of the biggest milestones in my life.