Samantha Yuan is our Ambassador of the Month for September 2019! Samantha studied systems engineering at the University of Waterloo, and currently works as a Sr. Systems Designer at Shopify.
Why did you choose to study engineering?
My parents are both engineers, so some of the idea came from them. Engineering, in my opinion, also has a great balance between pure math and art. I have always thought of it as my comfort and creative zone.
How do you apply your degree to your career?
Being formally trained in engineering helps me see the world differently: underneath the surface where the system lies, I look at how and why do people use it, how it integrates into other systems, what are the implications of changes within the system, etc.
What advice do you have for someone hoping to pursue a career in engineering?
Engineering provides you a platform and you make your career the way you want it. Don’t be afraid to try new things. What you learn from engineering can always be transferred into skills applicable to other areas.