Our 23rd genYOU Story features recent engineering graduate Dominic Burnet. Dominic has set his sights on a future role in a leadership position and hopes to create and design new technology that advances society!
Name: Dominic Burnet
Current Role: Honours Graduate Engineer, Frazer-Nash Consultancy
Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you are headed in your career right now?
My name is Dominic and I am an Honours Graduate of Mechanical Engineering. I also studied Visual Arts where I developed an interest in glass and sculpture.
I love reading, playing sport and keeping busy. I try to involve myself in as many things as I can! During University I co-founded the Mechanical Engineering Student Society, was Treasurer on the gymnastics’ committee and worked as a lecturer in my final year.
I have just started working as an Engineer here in Adelaide and I’m looking forward to seeing where that takes me. I have a lot of opportunities within my Company to develop technically and professionally. My long-term plans are to develop as a leader, whilst creating and designing new technology to advance society.
How has or how is generationYOU helping you achieve your goals?
I was first introduced to generationYOU when I attended their event as a University representative in 2015 and a second time in 2017. It was a fantastic opportunity to listen to the experiences of the speakers as they discussed their journeys and challenges along the way.
My goal of becoming a future leader has been enhanced by taking on the presenters’ mindsets and perspectives.
By listening and understanding the challenges they went through and how they overcame them, I hope that I will be able to learn from their mistakes and be open-minded to the possibility of failure.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
This is a really tough question. I look for inspiration and guidance from people who show strengths in different areas of their character. Often these people are family members, colleagues and friends, but sometimes I look to more public figures for direction.
I try to take on the best qualities of people I admire, I believe that this is helping me become a well-rounded person.
What is the one piece of advice you would love to share with your millennial peers as you reflect on your own journey?
The best piece of advice I can give surrounds time. Time is one of the most important and valuable assets you have. After my first year of university, I took some time off to study art. After two years, I went back and finished my engineering degree. This was one of the best decisions I ever made. I was able to take time to think about where I was and where I wanted to go.
The need to understand your direction should be investigated with consideration. Understand that the sooner you find your calling, the sooner you can throw yourself at it with speed.