Alumni Convos – Mark Fittock

Name: Mark Fittock

Current role: Project Manager, OHB system Germany
Degree: Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) Honours/ Bachelor of Science (Astrophysics/Applied Maths)

Mark currently works at OHB on future space studies for science and exploration missions. His primary role is as a project lead for the Hera Mission which is planned to fly to an asteroid pair in 2023.

Read on to find out about Mark’s journey after university in the interview below:

What path did you take in your career after graduating from Monash?
After I graduated at Monash, I went on to do a double masters in space technology in Europe, suitably called the “Spacemasters”. I then started at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).

What challenges did you have to overcome in pursuing your career path?
The distance from my friends and family in Australia was tough! Living and working in a country with a different language and different culture is both exciting and challenging.

How did studying Science at Monash help you in your career?
The practical experience! I didn’t realise how important this was going to be but the skills I learnt in the labs have been invaluable! Along with reasoning and deduction skills too!

If you were to offer advice to a job seeker fresh out of university, what advice would you give?
Make and use connections in order to explore different options. Find jobs that excite you and inspire you to aim for the stars. Take a chance! The only way to find out if a job is right for you is to give it a shot!

How do you see the future job market for astrophysicists? What is your advice for a Monash alum to succeed in this industry?
The skills learnt in astrophysics are valuable across many fields and roles. There is so much to learn across the world that looking abroad can be a great chance to find new opportunities and career paths.

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Science Industry Week 2019

 

Want to meet future employers?

Science Industry Week 2019 spans over four nights from 5 August – 8 August 2019.

Each night features employers, industry guests and graduates at a Q&A Panel discussion

session (6pm-7:15pm) and Networking session (7:15pm-8:30pm). Each night features a

different school or schools. Also, enjoy the free food and drinks while you are networking.

 

Register now!

Q&A Panel discussion session venue: S3 Lecture Theatre, 16 Rainforest Walk

Networking session venue: Level 4, Green Chemical Futures, 13 Rainforest Walk

 

Q&A Panel discussion session venue: S3 Lecture Theatre, 16 Rainforest Walk

Networking session venue: Level 4, Green Chemical Futures, 13 Rainforest Walk

 

Q&A Panel discussion session venue: S3 Lecture Theatre, 16 Rainforest Walk

Networking session venue: Level 4, Green Chemical Futures, 13 Rainforest Walk

 

Q&A Panel discussion session venue: S4 Lecture Theatre, 16 Rainforest Walk

Networking session venue: Level 4, Green Chemical Futures, 13 Rainforest Walk

Find out more about panellists and what to expect here!

 

 

** Please ensure you are signed in with your Monash email to access the registration form.

 

 

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Celebrate World Chimp Day with Trivia!

Join Roots & Shoots Victoria on Saturday 13th July for an afternoon of trivia and test your knowledge on Dr Jane Goodall, great apes and sustainability issues. You will also have the opportunity to hear from Dr Varsha Pilbrow, researcher and lecturer at the University of Melbourne, talk about chimpanzee behaviours and structural features that help us better understand the evolutionary process of humans. Nibbles will be offered at the event.

When: 4:00 -6:00 pm, Saturday 13th July

Where: Port Phillip EcoCentre, 55A Blessington St, St Kilda 3182.

Cost: $15 per person- book as an individual or as a table of 5 ($75)

Prizes: The winning table will be awarded a personalised tour of the Pilbrow Laboratory by Dr Varsha Pilbrow, where you will view 3D-printed skeletal features of great apes and archaeological artefacts. Also included will be a trip to Melbourne Zoo (complimentary entry) where you will have the chance to observe primate behaviour in real-time with Dr Varsha. Exciting prizes also for the runners-up!

Money raised for the event will contribute towards the care of chimpanzees in JGI’s Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre located in the Republic of Congo, where over 150 rescued orphan chimpanzees receive lifetime care.

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Alumni Experience Conference

About the Conference

Dates: 9-10 August 2019

Theme: Alumni Knowledge and Experience: Reflecting on Real-World Transition Practice

Venue: Monash University, Faculty of Education
Clayton campus, Australia
The Learning & Teaching Building (LTB)

Cost: Free

Alumni Experience Conference (AEC) is the first-ever event for alumni, scholars, researchers and current students in various disciplines to discuss ways of enhancing the connection between curricula/pedagogies and real-world practices.

We have pleasure in inviting you to participate in this free event.  It will provide you with relevant professional development as well as the opportunity to contribute to this important conversation about the gap between University and Employment. 

We welcome graduates of Australian universities to do a 20-minute presentation. See Call for submissions section.

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Open Day Volunteers!

Would you like to represent the Science Faculty during Open Day 2019?  Here’s your chance!

Your role as volunteer would be to meet and greet, hand out the science Open Day bags and speak with students and parents about your experience as a science student and what you really like about studying Science at Monash.

When: Sunday 4 August 2019
Where: Science Precinct, Clayton campus
Time: 9.00am – 4.00pm (must be available for entire day)
Who: Open to all UG Monash Science students

Working With Children check is compulsory.

You will receive a Coles Myer voucher for your time.

Please register your interest here. Registrations will close 5.00pm Thursday 25 July.

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