Yulia Champions Renewable Energy as a Career Choice

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Wednesday, August 11, 2021
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A year ago, Yuliia Hryhorash decided to pursue a degree in Renewable Energy Engineering which USAID’s Energy Security Project helped establish at the Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas. USAID started the program to develop the renewable energy sector in Ukraine and fill a growing demand for experts in the field. Yuliia said it was the lack of qualified specialists  that prompted her to choose this particular major.

“The rapid development of renewable energy sources is giving rise to the development of new professions at the intersection of energy and other sectors of the economy; and this makes my choice even more promising,” said Yuliia. 

Numerous challenges and achievements marked Yuliia’s first year: She was the only girl in the program; yet she ranked at the top of her class. She became a member of the Creative Spark, a British Council Project, participated in the Young Energy XXI marathon, and attended lectures by professors from leading universities in Slovakia, Romania, and Hungary.

Yuliia is pretty clear on what she needs to do in order to build a successful career in the energy sector. "There are three things that will make me successful: planning my long-term and short-term goals, an inspiring environment, and a constant desire to learn new things," she explained.

Whenever she sees an opportunity, Yuliia encourages girls aged 7 to 18 to research the energy field and consider careers focused on renewable energy. She is also quick to help them understand the benefits of her university program.

“The Bachelor Program in Renewable Energy Engineering is new. It meets the modern requirements of the renewable energy market,” Yuliia noted. “The university labs involved in the program have received modern educational and training equipment from USAID, including computers and software that make it easy to understand the fundamental knowledge of electricity generation at renewable energy facilities, management of power systems, design of power facilities, and much more.” 

She tells her young friends that the range of professions in green energy is constantly growing and developing. Graduates of the program will not only work as engineers on non-traditional and renewable energy generation systems, but also as engineers in the fields of electronics and telecommunications. 

After graduation, Yulia has plans to build upon her initial discussions with girls about their career choices and become a public advocate for careers in renewable energy engineering. 

“I plan to give lectures, develop materials, including presentations and videos for school teachers on Energy, Energy Efficiency, Career Guidance, and Gender Inequality. I may even organize a conference and call it ‘Career Prospects in the Energy Sector,’” Yuliia said. 

Due to the program’s popularity, USAID has extended the grant for the Bachelor Program in Renewable Energy Engineering. Plans exist for a new training and production laboratory for the installation, commissioning, and maintenance of solar power plants, which will improve the educational program and provide students with additional hands-on skills.

Video on how USAID equipped the laboratories

Information for future students +38 067 342 8282 and http://tdm.nung.edu.ua/

Last updated: September 23, 2021

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