Next week will mark the official start of the silly season and the race to the holidays - which may look a little different this year.
You may find you have some spare time on your hands, needing to keep the kids busy or are looking to get creative while holidaying at home. Here are our top things to get up to over the Christmas and New Year break.
1. Keep the kids entertained with EA Junior Club
Let the EA Engimite’s teach your kids how engineers make the world a better place. Perfect for the school holidays, EA Junior Club helps kids in primary school apply their science knowledge at home through lots of fun and informative engineering activities, videos and resources.
2. Catch up on the Engineering Heroes podcast
What is Engineering Heroes? It’s a podcast highlighting the people and projects that shape the world we live in. Join Mel and Dom as they chat to some amazing engineers from around the world and engineering disciplines - a new episode drops each Friday.
Tune in and be blown away by the inspiring stories from a former McLaren and Red Bull F1 mechanic and engineer, an Airbus aviation Chief Engineer and an indigenous engineer developing accessible and affordable energy solutions for remote communities.
3. Stream EA OnDemand
Work on increasing your CPD hours over the Christmas break and stream content from our EA OnDemand platform . Our new video streaming platform boasts more than 700 recorded webinars, training courses and conference sessions, including the recently held World Engineering Symposium. Here are our top five most visited webinars to update your professional skills and technical knowledge.
4. Start your Chartered journey
This break could be the perfect opportunity to take the Chartered Self-Assessment to see if you are ready to start your path to Chartered status. If you are ready, now is a great time to start the next steps such as the industry review or compiling your competency evidence. EA OnDemand has some great videos on the Chartered channel to help you compile your evidence.
If you are not quite ready to start your Chartered application, check out our Bite-Sized Learning program, available to help you on your way.
5. Find a mentor or become a mentee!
We have created an online platform, Mentor Match, that connects graduate members with experienced Chartered engineers to provide guidance and advice for planning their careers over a 6-month period. We spoke to Kimberley Chu GradIEAust and Agnes Tong MIEAust CPEng NER about their experience back in October.
This year’s round of applications will be wrapping up in December, and the next round of applications will begin in January 2021. If you're ready to become a part of the Mentor Match program, simply follow these four easy steps to begin – Start, Enrol, Search and Connect.
6. Going on a road trip? Check out the heritage engineering sites around the country
It looks like a lot of us will be holidaying at home this year. With some long car trips on the cards here are some things to keep you and the kids occupied. Why not stop off at an engineering heritage site on the way?
Track your steps at every heritage marker stop with your new Garmin watch; EA members get a 20% discount on Garmin watches at the checkout.
7. Grab a book of the EA Book shelf
The EABooks website offers a range of digital and print publications covering a variety of engineering disciplines including sustainability, water, industrial, concrete and many others. EA members can receive a 20-40% discount off titles in the EA Books platform.
Should you be on the hunt for a Christmas present for an engineer in your life, the Centenary books “Wonders never cease” looking at 100 Australian engineering achievements, and “Anything is Possible” highlighting 100 influential engineers, are also available via EA Books.