Mentors guiding engineers of tomorrow

Three female mentors from the Department of Transport are inspiring the next generation of engineers through a national mentoring program.

Run by not-for-profit Electric Energy Society of Australia (EESA), the program is committed to empowering young and upcoming engineers to flourish across Australia's electric energy industry.

The program is an Australia-wide initiative offering space and opportunity for professional development, reflection, challenge, and self-awareness.

Led by the department’s Aditi Sachdeva, Senior Engineer, Network Interface & Assurance at North East Link, this year's program has 40 mentees and nine mentors, including Samriti Sharma, West Gate Bridge Team Leader and Emma Miller-Olsen, Senior Manager, Structures as co-mentors.

Samriti jumped at the opportunity to become a mentor when she first heard about the program.

“This is my chance to do something for evolving young engineers. What better legacy than to be a part of shaping tomorrow’s leaders,” said Samriti.

“The guidance you can potentially receive from a mentor is invaluable, and their ability to help you navigate the unknown paths of your position and reach your goals more quickly is what makes them so important.” 

Samriti is a senior electrical engineer with more than 15 years of experience and skills in electrical engineering design, technical sales, tendering, project management and contract management. 

Even with so much experience under her belt, she’s also learning a lot from the program.

“Mentorship isn’t a one-way street. Like all relationships, communication goes both ways so as a mentor I’ve also learnt from my mentees about new technologies and upcoming trends,” she said.

“Mentors also become more competent as leaders and communicators as they guide and help rising talent.”

Learn more about the EESA National Mentoring Program.