Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Philip Edwards

  • Tell us a little about you

    I have an interest in systems that use energy positively and believe in a more equitably sustainable world.

  • Tell us about your experience to date. How have you have developed your Employability

    While I tried out some campus clubs and societies, I have most enjoyed volunteering externally, in a seemingly unrelated activity of running youth holiday programs. This then translated from my thesis with Engineers Without Boarders (EWB) to running EWB outreach workshops which included travelling around regional Far North Queensland. In my final year of university I sought advice from the EAIT Student Employability Team and also attended many employability workshops, which made post graduate employment seem more of a possibility.

  • If you have secured work experience, how did you do this?

    While completing the Master’s program, the EAIT Employability Team  put me in contact with Engineers Without Borders for my engineering placement semester.  This allowed me to complete my work experience. 

  • What application processes have you experienced to date?

    Last year, I experienced the tedious process of completing graduate position applications. While I progressed to a few video interviews, my greatest opportunity was a fully supported assessment centre in Sydney with Schneider Electric.

  • What are your top Employability tips to share with other students?

    There is a balance between volume of applications and quality but it is important to apply and start early.

    Think of it like fishing: to catch anything, you should use the right bait in the right body of water. You need persistence. No one expects to catch anything in the first 5 minutes. When you get a bite, you should hook it and work hard to reel it in. Even after doing everything right, it might still get away. But be encouraged, not discouraged to keep trying. And of course, you need a little luck.

  • What are your career plans for the future?

    I have now secured a graduate role at Schneider Electric as a Smart Services Engineer where I look forward to creating many new networks, create great ideas and changes.

Professional Spotlight
Philip Edwards

Current role: 
Smart Services Engineer
Schneider Electric

Educational background: 
Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)/Master of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering), The University of Queensland

Field of Study: 
Mechanical Engineering

Company Profile

Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software.