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November 23, 2020

Raquel Diluciano, Toronto Hydro

Job Title

Supervisor of Distribution & Grid Operations

Skills I rely on most in my job:

Professionalism, respect, attention to details, problem solving, and critical thinking under pressure

In high school, I would have been voted most likely to:

Be a social person and a dancer

Question from Logan, St. Albert, AB

What are the benefits to studying/working as a mechanical engineer?”
Mechanical engineering skills are transferable, meaning they will be useful across a variety of industries and help you to become more employable. 
Depending on your interests and career ambitions, you can choose from a range of engineering sectors  including: aerospace, automotive, biomedical, energy and/or manufacturing.
Every country in the world needs mechanical engineers to create and maintain infrastructure. This means you may have an opportunity to work abroad. You may want to spend some time working in developing countries, where your specialist knowledge could make a real impact.

Question from a student in Vancouver, BC

“If you don't know what you want to go into in the future, what are some suggestions for what one can do to either figure it out or what one should do in order to be open to any opportunities?”
Remember, you don’t know what’s coming next! Life is full of interesting twists and turns, but if we continually pursue things that we enjoy doing, whether for a job or as a hobby, it will make the journey interesting and more fun.
One of the things that helped me figure out where I wanted to work was my co-op experience. Co-ops will help you gain practical work experience in areas that complement your personal strengths, interests and educational needs. You will actively learn and thrive as a responsible team member in the “real world” in an area chosen by you. I suggest you look into ways to extend your high school experience to include a practical component before choosing your post-secondary destination.
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