on January 11th, 2023

EIT Civil and Structural Engineering graduate Hadas Tewelde is a beacon of motivation for anyone doubting they can study engineering online

Like mother like daughter. Hadas and her daughter (left).

Engineering is a field that is open to everyone willing to take the time to study its intricacies. And when you enroll with a reputable institution, such as the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT), your path to your dream job becomes so much more achievable.

It is little wonder then that recent Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Structural Engineering) graduate Hadas Tewelde is thriving in her field of expertise.

She is currently working at a civil and structural engineering firm in Cape Town, South Africa, with big plans to add to her scholarly and professional accomplishments. But how does she manage to balance work responsibilities and still find the time to graduate through EIT?

Hadas managed to make time for us in her busy schedule to share how she achieved her Bachelor of Engineering with EIT’s online courses and how it’s helped pave her career path.


What course did you complete with EIT?

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Structural Engineering).

Do you think it helped accelerate your career or job prospects?

Most definitely, I can now approach clients confidently because EIT offered me both qualifications and knowledge.

Which parts of the course could apply to your work life?

Structures, civil engineering, and management are very relevant to my work.

When was your graduation?

I graduated in November this year. I got my qualification in October 2021. EIT put graduations on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and our second graduation for 2022 took place in Perth later this year. The first graduation was in February in Johannesburg, South Africa.

How did you stay motivated during your time with EIT?

I worked full-time during the day and studied at night, early morning, or late evening.

What is your favorite part of being an engineer and the engineering field?

As a woman, it is being able to understand theoretical engineering concepts and provide practical, cost-effective solutions.

Okay, when you’re not working, we’re likely to find you doing …

On a hike, cleaning, or gardening.

What was the funniest thing to ever happen to you while working or during your time with EIT?

I complained to my lecturer that someone from a remote lab hacked my laptop.

Who do you look up to and why?

My dad and his mom (my grandmother). My dad was diabetic from a young age, and my grandmother was widowed in her early twenties with three young children. Both did their best to live happily, and I never heard them complain about the unfairness that life gave them.

The greatest thing ever invented is …

The telephone.

You wouldn’t be able to get through the day without …

Drinking water.

What are some of your goals for 2023?

To be in place and position to use my skills and experience effectively.

What made the right course for you an easy pick?

I already had a Diploma and had worked in the field for many years.

How do you explain engineering to strangers?

An Engineer is an architect with brains or an engineer who makes dreams a reality.

What’s next? Would you like to continue studying?

I want to grow my business or join an international company. And study for an MBA!

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