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Andrea

Evidence Evaluation Associate, Orthopaedics
Memphis, TN, USA

Graduate - Andrea

I joined Smith & Nephew on the rotational graduate engineering programme six months ago and I love it. I have always been passionate about healthcare, but I didn’t expect that I would become an engineer.

I’m from Venezuela and moved to the US to study. My degree in Biomedical Engineering isn’t available in Venezuela; I first came across it when I was looking into universities and degrees. The more I read, the more interested I became. I see Biomedical Engineering as being backstage to medicine, and I really like how medicine, technology and engineering can come together to improve healthcare.

While I was still studying, I did an internship with Smith & Nephew looking at cell cultures. That internship opened my eyes to medical devices as I realised how interesting the industry is. Being able to produce and create something in order to help medical advancement and build better technologies to improve patients’ healthcare fascinates me.

I am learning a lot here: about the company, our devices and the importance of clinical data. I’m working as an Evidence Evaluation Associate in Orthopaedics at the moment and my role involves pulling together clinical performance data on our products. Until I started here, I didn’t know that jobs like mine existed. I was used to carrying out research at university, but I really like the fact that at Smith & Nephew my research has a clear purpose and is ultimately about helping patients.

There is a lot of opportunity here to get involved with things that are outside your day-to-day job. For example, I am part of the Smith & Nephew Young Professionals group and the Smith & Nephew Memphis Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. I get a lot out of being able to network with my colleagues in other parts of the business.

My advice to someone considering a career in Engineering is go for it! Get as much experience as you can while you are still studying, whether through university research projects or internships, so that you can understand which path you might want to follow.

I moved to the USA to pursue an education and career in Biomedical Engineering. One day I would love to bring it back to Venezuela so that future generations can develop their engineering career at home.

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