As a graduate, you get thrown into projects quite quickly and your focus one day might completely change the next. During the graduate program, I was asked to assist with a Westpac retail branch rollout in Queensland which led to many more responsibilities, including the opportunity to work closely on a national retail rollout for Westpac. I also worked on a Suncorp trial run of a project, then moved onto a national program role for Westpac, and finally shifting to Project Manager for WA and NT retail branches.
My role on the Westpac team was instrumental in my professional development, allowing me to take on a variety of roles and responsibilities including tenancy coordination, setting up projects and internal liaison roles. Not to mention the opportunities to travel around Australia to places I would have never had the chance to explore and being able to network with numerous industry contacts. At APP there’s a real sense that your managers want to see you progress and succeed, which means they’re great at recognising when you’re complacent or too comfortable. After two years working on Westpac, I felt I was ready for the next challenge which saw me move onto bigger projects with greater responsibilities in completely different sectors and phases of the project lifecycle. Including managing the design and development of business cases for a number of hospital projects across NSW.
Now in search of the next challenge, I have recently transferred from APP’s Sydney office to Melbourne, where I am working on commercial and residential projects which bring their own challenges. Understanding company strategic objectives and requirements are key to allowing me to successfully manage design to develop a successful project that meets these needs. My experiences working within different sectors and phases of a project at APP have allowed me to better understand my clients and what’s required to meet their needs.