Life beyond Radford

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Last updated 14.07.2017

Emily Campbell

Class of 2011
OCCUPATION Student, Engineering Intern Consultant
Lives Canberra, Australia
Attendance at radford Years 6-12
House Kurrajong
Awards, medals or recognition 6-12
  • Engineers Australia Undergraduate Research Presentation Competition Winner
  • ANU Scholarships 2012-2016, 2017
  • Bachelor Degree, The Australian National University, Engineering
  • Bachelor Degree, The Australian National University, Arts
Work history
  • Business Analyst Intern, Intelledox Digital Transformation Centre, 2016-Present
  • Strategic Director and Co-Founder, Fifty50, 2015-Present
  • Intern Consultant
  • Volunteer
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What does life look for you now?

When I'm not outside (camping or hiking usually), my time is divided between a lot of different things. At university, I go to class (most of them anyway) and usually I have a research project of my own that I'm working on. I work for a software company and an engineering consulting firm, so a few days a week I jump into the corporate world. In any time left I'm working to grow my organisation, Fifty50, that I co-founded in 2015 or eating food made by my Italian partner.

Tell us what you are passionate about?

I'm passionate about engineering and what it can do. I want more people to understand that engineering is a fantastic way to shape your community, whether you think that's your local one or the global community. I've worked on projects from medical devices in America and Canberra, to wind turbines in Peru. I am also developing a passion for Spanish (I study it) and latin America as I learn more about these cultures and countries that Australians aren't exposed to enough!

When you were young, what were you hoping to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be a doctor, until I realised that I wanted it for all the wrong reasons! I instead channelled my love for science into a passion for engineering where I feel I can help a lot more people.

How easy was it to decide what to do in life?

I'm not sure that anyone ever really makes a final decision on what they are going to do in life. It changes all the time as you discover new things and figure out what things are all about. I ended up where I am almost by chance, and now I try as many things as I can, because experimenting is the only thing that makes decisions like that easier.

What advice do you have for current students?

You can't predict what is going to happen or what you're going to enjoy, so you need to try as many things as possible. Test out different work experience programs, talk to people in different industries, travel to new cities or countries, and don't be afraid to change your mind or just go with whatever opportunities arise. If you're looking to study at university, consider a double degree (you can always change or dump one later).

Where are you now?