Bachelor of Engineering alumnus Bradley Postma has crafted a diverse career through hard-work and reinventing himself. He shares how after finding early career success designing electronics for Volkswagen and BMW, he still had lessons to learn.
"I was really interested in pursuing a practical engineering degree, but I was uncertain of which discipline to pursue. Swinburne’s generalist approach to engineering in my first year was a fantastic introduction to the field. Likewise, six-month professional placements at Motorola and Telstra also put me in good stead for my future career.
Although my Engineering degree required much hard work and perseverance, it opened many doors. If you’re dedicated, it can lead to an interesting and rewarding lifetime career.
After completing my undergraduate and postgraduate studies, I worked for several years as a Research and Development Engineer for Robert Bosch Australia, the largest volume electronics producer in Australia. This experience was the peak of my career and as a chief hardware design engineer for the company, it was thrilling to design essential electronics for both BMW and Volkswagen.
Despite my success as an engineer, I was desperate for something different. I took steps to become a trainee patent attorney, but was unfortunately sacked from my first job.
Once again I found myself at a career crossroads. I blamed myself for my failure and committed to continue with professional services - on the proviso that I meticulously analysed what went wrong the first time. Within seven years, I became a full equity partner of one of the most profitable Australian patent and trademark firms.