I attended the IAESS in 2014 as a year 11 student and it was a fantastic opportunity that provided me with some invaluable experiences. During the program, we met industry professionals from firms such as QANTAS and John Holland. We were given one on one time with students who completed, or were in the process of completing cadetships in construction, aviation and electrical engineering fields. To be able to talk with people about their transition from school to university and from university to a professional occupation, is an amazing opportunity to gain insight. These conversations helped me build confidence in my choice to study civil engineering at The University of Southern Queensland in 2016. The IAESS is a great program which allows the participants to ask any questions they have about engineering, all while having fun with like-minded individuals. The IAESS program made a significant contribution with respect to my motivation to excel throughout high school.