Wanago's UTS Student Mentors
Wanago students have the opportunity to engage with, learn from, and be mentored by UTS undergrad students in specialised fields such as Biomedical Engineering, the UTS Rocketry team, and the Women in Engineering and IT.
Specially selected UTS graduates provide classroom support to teachers as well as mentorship and inspiration about their areas of study to Wanago students.
Meet Dennis Kim
In 2019, UTS graduate Dennis Kim worked along Grant Odei and Wanago's Year 11 Engineering Studies students. Dennis recently completed a Bachelor of Engineering, Diploma in Engineering Practice (Biomedical Engineering).
Wanago interviewed Dennis about this experience and upcoming adventures working for Cisco, Singapore.
Tell us about your new role with Cisco
I will be working as an Associate System Engineer at Cisco in Singapore in my first year. I will be doing a lot of interesting work with Cisco, where I will be getting hands-on training and deep-diving into the world of system engineering. My first-year role will be divided into two phases.
In phase 1, Cisco will be providing global environment approach training and on-the-job experience. I will be developing technical, sales, and communication skills in a variety of areas to be able to position Cisco’s architectures, solutions, and products to clients. In phase 2, I will be moving into an engineering role as part of the Cisco Global Virtual Engineering team. The Global team is a multilevel technical presales organisation that provides software and system engineering service to customers, partners, and internal Cisco sales employees as a trusted technical advisor.
What inspired you to join the Wanago Program as a Student Promotional Representative of UTS (SPROUTS)?
I joined Wanago as I thought it will be a good way for me to give back to the community. I’m a huge fan of giving back to the community, as I have received a lot of support from others when I was in university and high school.
What advice would you give to students thinking about pursuing Stage 6 Engineering Studies?
Give it a go! This is a subject that will be able to show you what kind of knowledge you will be learning in engineering. There isn’t only one engineering pathway! There are so many different fields in engineering and this course breaks topics into all types of engineering, so you can get a nice taste of them all!
This subject will enable you to think outside the box as that’s what engineering is all about. It will help you to accelerate your career options.
Looking back in your on your senior high school years, do see any missed opportunities?
I personally see the Wanago Program as a missed opportunity. My high-school did provide engineering studies as a subject, and I’m not saying my high school didn’t teach me engineering studies properly. It is just that Wanago is a fantastic Program.
It doesn’t just offer the classic theory classes and one or two practical assignments like how the standard engineering studies teach. Wanago provides and introduces so many practical aspects of engineering to students, where students will be ready for their first year of engineering with skills such as CAD drawing.
But also being exposed to university students as well as seeing university student projects around while studying is a great opportunity for students as it will be able to get them excited about the courses and start to understand what kind of engineering they would like to do better.
What kinds of support did you provide to Wanago classes?
The support I provided to the class included:
- Assisting the teacher as a tutor by focusing on a certain group of students or dividing up the classes to relieve the work from the teacher.
- Making sure the students are learning than getting the answer. A lot of students tend to ask for help without having a try, which is what you usually see during the high-school periods. I usually tell them I am not assisting until I see they have made an adequate amount of effort and can explain to me what they have tried so far. This gets them to adapt to what is coming to them (HSC) and their future (university).
- Career Advising – a lot of students ask me for insights about degrees and what kind of jobs are out there. I will usually have a chat with them about the courses and what kind of materials they should look at or if they would like to get started early, what kind of materials they should start studying.
- Friend – I try to be more of a friend to them. This allows them to be relaxed.
What did you enjoy most about your degree? What are some exciting or interesting things that you did?
There are a lot of favourite parts of studying at UTS. I’ve done so many activities around the University and I think I loved them all. I really enjoyed my degree since biomedical engineering is such a broad degree, being exposed to so many different types of engineering were enjoyable for me. This allowed me to be able to learn new things a lot faster. The most interesting thing I’ve done during this course is making a single channel ECG from scratch. We had to design and plan an electronic circuit from scratch to create a working ECG.
What was your favourite part about studying at UTS?
My favourite part about studying at UTS is there are so many things to do. During my university period, I’ve done so many different activities as there are so many student societies that are active. Few things I have done with societies include:
- hosting networking night for students
- creating basic Arduino tutorials for students
- represent UTS for consulting competitions and various cybersecurity competitions
It's not just about the societies, UTS has such amazing opportunities for students. I still believe the best thing I’ve done during my time at UTS is going on an exchange study to Scotland for 6months. It’s a time I can never forget and enjoyed the most.
Also, internships are one of my favourite parts of studying at UTS. The internship is so critical for students and having that opportunity available for us to take is extremely useful. I have landed my graduate role at Cisco from the internship I have done in my 5th year.