Gilbert Choi

Graduated: 2015

Current Role: Systems & Software Engineer

Did you always aspire to be in the job position you currently hold?

I was always lost and confused during high school uncertain of what I wanted to do. I chose Engineering and Consulting as a profession because of my passion with technology and problem solving and am glad I chose things I enjoy doing.

What have you done since leaving CTHS?

Finished University and started working full time. I went to Iceland for exchange during my university degree which was really cool.

Describe your average work day....

I work from home 3 days a week. My usual day consist of waking up and turning on my work computer, followed by checking my email. 

On some days I will have work meetings with clients or colleagues, but otherwise most of my workday is on the computer either working on engineering drawing/code or writing reports and proposals for different projects.

Some projects will require me to go on site and work from there, which is a lot of fun !

Please share some words of wisdom for today's students...

Don’t be overly stressed over grades and marks. Spend some time discovering things you are passionate in and see how you can incorporate it into your future career

Any shout outs to a special teacher or subject you think really helped ?

During University, Math and Physics were 2 subjects that really helped, but I believe the subject that helped most was actually Economics as it taught me a lot about how the economy and society works

What were the greatest lessons you learned at CTHS that you have carried with you into your career?

How to work with others. A big part of my career is managing stakeholder expectations and communicating with others. A lot of careers will require working in teams so it is important to be comfortable doing so.

What piece of advice do you have for students today given your experience in the working world?

You are not locked into the first career or job you work at, it’s completely viable and normal to change career later in life. Find things you enjoy and don’t think only about salary when picking a career path.