What discipline and cohort (i.e. 2018 or 2019) are you in?
Civil Engineering, 2018
Provide an overview of all your rotations to date:
Sydney Harbour Bridge Lift Access Project Northwest Rail Link Sydney
Metro-Bella Vista StationSydney Water-Delivery Management.
What does your typical workday look like?
As a project manager (PM) in Delivery Management, I’m responsible for managing multiple growth projects for Sydney Water to upgrade Sydney’s infrastructure to handle the rise in new developments. I am currently, managing three pipeline projects which are in different stages. A PM’s job is to deliver the project from securing funds, developing a business case which identifies the need for the project, developing design options, design workshops/reviews and the actual construction where you manage forecasts/ payments and subcontractors from a high level.
What has been the most interesting thing about your job?
The most interesting thing has been observing other PM’s use their organisation acumen, experience, construction knowledge and leadership skills to manage different stakeholders in order to deliver projects.
This role holds a lot of responsibility and while you are not expected to know all the technical details of the project, you need to develop a thorough understanding of what you are delivering and the challenges involved, as every day will present a new problem for you to solve (or at least use your leadership skills to get the right person for the job).
What are the limitations of your role?
The only limitations are that the main projects are related to water/pipelines which may not necessarily be your area of interest. However, I’ve been able to choose projects which involve civil construction as well and hence, have been able to work on projects that I’m passionate about.
What is something you wish you knew before you started?
There are many things that I would have benefited from knowing before I stated. The main one would be to simply remember to focus on learning new skills, and to put yourself in an environment where you’re constantly growing.
How did you prepare for starting on the Graduate Program?
I travelled as much as possible, so when I got back, I was ready to dive into work.