Chan Wing Yan, Yvonne (BEng Energy Science and Engineering)

1. Can you explain your current job nature?

I am undergoing a three-year training at the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) as part of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) Training Scheme “A” in the Environmental discipline. During this time, I will work in different divisions in the EPD, including Environmental Infrastructure Division (EID), Nature Conservation and Infrastructure Planning Division (CID), Environmental Assessment Division (EAD), and Environmental Compliance Division (ECD). 

2. Given your current experience, how have your studies at the School of Energy and Environment (SEE) helped you so far in your career?

Working at EPD requires a broad-based knowledge in the environmental field. Because the courses provided by SEE extensively cover both energy- and environmental-related issues, this provided me with a unique and strong foundation in my career development.

3. How did your studies at the School of Energy and Environment (SEE) provide you with a unique advantage compared to your other Engineering colleagues?

Innovation is indispensable for an environmental engineer. As a student at SEE, I was encouraged to be creative and innovative through various group projects. Again, because the courses provided by SEE emphasize both energy- and environmental-related issues, such broad-based knowledge provided me with the unique skills to carry out innovative engineering designs.

4. Looking back, what aspects of the University life provided by the School have the largest impact on your development so far?

SEE has an extensive network of energy- and environment-related companies. These companies offer valuable internship places to students every year. For me, the internship experience in different companies provided me with insightful knowledge and expectation as a professional engineer.

5. What would be your advice to junior students currently enrolled or will be enrolling in the School of Energy and Environment?

Having relevant work experience is indispensable in graduates job hunting. In addition to studying hard, students need to devote time to seek practical experience in their target careers. Through such experience, they will be able to gain a realistic view of their future careers and this will better equip them for future development.