Well done to EIT graduate, Steve Schober, from Ergon Energy. Recently Steve sent us a note of thanks - not terribly remarkable on its own, but the words were particularly heart-warming. He expresses a justified pride in himself. Without the confidence of youth and the time available at that stage in life, he still did it! With determination and dedication Steve successfully completed the Advanced Diploma in Electrical Supply Industry (ESI) Power Systems. For a good three years he persevered through the course; alongside his full time work and up against the weight of adult responsibilities.
Thank you Steve for trusting EIT to help you advance your career; we wish you both personal and professional success and contentment. Congratulations on an outstanding achievement.
Read Steve’s experience below.
I recently successfully completed an Advanced Diploma in Electrical Supply Industry (ESI) Power Systems.
The prospect of achieving this qualification was initially quite daunting, having been out of the education system for some time. Prior to undertaking this qualification, I had been involved in the electrical industry for over 20 years and have a wealth of practical knowledge but was limited academically to Certificate 3, or trade studies, which were achieved many years previously. I am employed by Ergon Energy as a Substation Design Paraprofessional Trainee.
The EIT formula worked for me, I was able to work through the modules individually and systematically built my Advanced Diploma one subject at a time. The ability to see runs were being put on the board provided a great sense of achievement. The study materials were a good blend of practical knowledge and theory. I was rotated through several different work groups in order to complete my studies. This experience was immensely beneficial as I was able to learn about other parts of my company’s electrical distribution business that I normally would not be exposed to.
The online system of study was comprehensive and easy to navigate. The combination of Webcasts, Quizzes, Work Based Projects, Direct Observation Checklists and Summative Assessments provided a balanced approach to acquiring knowledge. These tasks were supported by ample reading materials, webcast recordings and slides. The lecturers were experienced in the subjects they taught and provided a practical approach together with a wealth of information.
I found the EIT study schedule suited my lifestyle. The online classroom (Webcasts) were scheduled at convenient times and all the Assessments, Work Based Projects and Direct Observation Checklist due dates were both practical and achievable.
After completing the Advanced Diploma, I was ecstatic with my achievement and felt a great sense of self pride. Thanks to EIT, it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks.