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The first step in your career

We are pleased to present our graduate initiative which first launched in May 2021. First Step in your Career was created to support newly graduated future engineers.

Our volunteer-based program includes technical training, interview techniques, help with preparing a CV and one-on-one mentoring. It is sufficient to meet the application requirements and fill out the participation form below.

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Programme

  • New generation design training with Fusion 360
  • Interview techniques and resumé preparation
  • Guidance sessions with industry professionals
  • 1:1 Mentorship

Application Criteria

  • Graduated in 2019, 2020, 2021 or 2022 – Mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronic engineering, industrial design, manufacturing design, mechatronics engineering or aeronautical engineering.
  • Not currently employed

Mentors and Speakers

Cindy Norcott

Motivational Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur, Business Coach, Philanthropist, The Robin Hood Foundation

Cindy’s passion is to see people reach their true potential and it is her mission to pass on her unstoppable passion for life and business. Cindy has presented more than 1000 motivational talks to audiences around South Africa over the past 20 years. Her presentation style combines practical advice, wisdom, and humor that leaves her audiences inspired.

Erich Meintjes

Senior Vice President Engineering, DRA Global

Erich joined DRA Global as a Project Engineer in 2002, where his diligence and drive for excellence saw him rise to Project Manager and then Senior Vice President Engineering (DRA EMEA). As Project Manager, his expertise included schedule planning, engineering design, procurement, construction, commissioning and handover of mining and processing plants. His technical knowledge and entrepreneurial drive guaranteed the successful delivery of all projects. As SVP Engineering, Erich works closely with the DRA EMEA Manco, ensuring the effective use of resources to fulfill operational and strategic direction.

Richard Hansen

Managing Member, Bolt Engineering

Richard Hansen has invested in the engineering industry for 20 years, 12 of which are in his business, Bolt Engineering, in Durban, South Africa. He's deeply passionate about innovative design, manufacturing processes and Fusion 360.

Comments from candidates, speakers and mentors who have taken the First Step in their career

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    "First of all, I would like to thank the Autodesk Turkey family for organizing such a program. I think the most important thing that the program added to me is perspective and vision by listening to people in different positions. This program is very valuable and meaningful. In particular, I would like to state that I can support as much as I can for the development of this voluntary program in the following periods."

    - Burak Uzuntas / ITU - Ship and Marine Technology Engineering

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    "In my interviews as a professional coach, I always realize that individuals forget themselves. When we remember ourselves, “potential” also emerges spontaneously. It was one of the meaningful experiences in my life to see the hope, search and belief in a group of young engineers and to be able to help them understand that their potential is not limited to the current situation. Thank you for inviting me to this program."

    - Kemal Başaranoğlu / Professional Certified Coach & Harvard Business Review Author

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    "It was a great experience to guide newly graduate's career path. I believe we impacted their job-seeking process."

    - Faruk Kayın / Autodesk - Demand Generation Specialist

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Access enterprise-grade technology and services and only pay for what you use with Fusion 360, our integrated cloud-based design and manufacturing platform.

Whether you need CAD or CAM, electronics or simulation, rendering or documentation, Fusion 360 can be configured to your team size, applications, and workflow for seamless collaboration across your entire product ecosystem, so you spend more time on innovation than iteration.

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General Information

For more information about the First Step In Your Career Programme, feel free to contact us at info.southafrica@autodesk.com

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