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Name:
Amanda LeDuc
Program Studied
University(s) / College(s) Attended:
University of Waterloo
Education / Degree(s):
Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Management Engineering
Current Job Title:
Strategy Insights & Planning Consultant
Current Employer:
ZS Associates, Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Organization
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Fun Facts About Me

If your best friend had to describe you in 10 words or less, what would they say?

Always busy! The organizer of the group

Share one fun fact about yourself.

I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up... that's why I'm currently a management consultant!

What do you want to accomplish in the next 10 years?

Still figuring that out. On the personal side, I hope to be married with kids within the next 10 years. On the professional side, I hope to keep working as a management consultant as long as I can. I’m learning so much, and developing a lot of great skills I don’t think I could develop as fast anywhere else.

The most inspiring engineer I know is ....... Because ........ ?

Honestly, I don't really think about this...

Profile Questions

Why did you choose to study engineering?

Honestly, I originally wanted a career as a health care practitioner of some type, but I just didn’t have the stomach for it. It was my parents that steered me toward engineering. I picked my specific discipline because it seemed more people oriented, and had a strong linkage to the healthcare system … and that proved to be more true than I imagined.

What are your best memories of your engineering education?

My friends! Living in a house with friends who were also studying engineering (some of them in different disciplines than me). I don’t think I will ever live so well, on so little ever again.

How do you apply your engineering degree to your current career?

I actually use a lot of the forecasting techniques that I learned as part of my course work. I keep a number of my textbooks at my desk at work, I find it handy to reference them on occasion.

What do you love most about your career?

The people, the projects, and ability to live in different places. I have amazing colleagues, most of whom are also young and many are also engineers. I also really like the variety of projects I get to try, everything from market research to forecasting. I find my job constantly challenging, but in a good way, I am frequently pushed just a bit beyond my comfort zone (but support is always available), but that is the best way to learn. Lastly, I like the ability to be mobile in my career. I recently returned to Toronto following a 2 year transfer to our California offices, it was an amazing experience!

What was the most enjoyable project you've been involved with?

I really like projects that mix analytics with real world human decision making. A lot of my work has been focused on conducting primary and secondary market research as way to gather data. We then use this data to inform a forecast or treatment journey. The process of taking a whole pile of information and distilling it down to something understandable and actionable keeps me on my toes!

 

What's next in your career?

I’ll keep you posted when I decide!

What advice would you give to someone hoping to pursue a career in engineering?

Do it! An engineering education is a valuable thing, and it opens up so many doors. I do not currently work in a traditional engineering role, but I got my current job because I have an engineering degree (employers are always looking for “smart” people, an engineering degree is proof you are smart). Also, the option to pursue a traditional engineering career still exists for me if I decide I want a career change in the future.