Property and Infrastructure Specialists
With a Bachelor of Construction Management from the University of Newcastle and having some previous experience with construction, I saw the APP Graduate Program advertised and I didn’t have much knowledge of what a client-side role would entail. So, I arrived at the Graduate Information Evening not knowing what to expect and here I am.
soane puliuvea

I joined APP as a Graduate in the Sydney office and started my rotation with the Program Solutions division where I learnt about capital works projects and rolling multiple projects out consecutively. It was a really different and eye-opening experience. The intensity of delivering multiple projects concurrently has been an exciting experience and a great space to learn some of the fundamentals of project management.

My next rotation was with Infrastructure where I got to work on the Parramatta Light Rail project where APP are acting as the Independent Certifier in both Design and Construction. Working on such a big infrastructure project in its early stages, was new to me and it was exciting to get to be involved in that one.

I then moved into the Urban Development & Environment Division. This is where I really found my stride, the highlight for me was being involved with the delivery of a major subdivision. It was all very new to me and I’m still learning all the time. The Urban team has such a great culture. Everyone is very upbeat and inclusive and there’s plenty of social interaction with the team.

My final rotation was with the Projects division where I got to work with some large-scale and reputable clients like Westpac Bank, Manly Sea Eagles RLC and Parramatta Eels RLC. It was my first experience working in the CBD and being able to produce some positive outcomes for the client.

Through each rotation there was endless support, even through lockdown when everyone was working from home, there was plenty of help. As a Grad, I did initially feel hesitant to ask for much help with the thought of being too bothersome, but then you do reach out and the support is always there.

I didn’t expect to learn as much as I have so far in a client-side environment. There’s so much more to it than just physical construction. All of the work involved in coordinating consultants and other stakeholders is a small part of the larger process. There’s a lot involved, and I didn’t expect the level of client interaction and responsibility I was given. The best part was being given the work to do and then the time and space to figure it out, knowing that if I needed help the support was there. It was and is the best way for me to learn.

The different divisions also provided us with separate training that was readily available to the grads and it really helped us to know what to look for when doing our jobs.

I volunteered to be involved with the APP4me events and got to organise a few of them last year. One of which was the World’s Greatest Shave as well as organising the Lunchtime Legends sports team. During Christmas another Grad and I decorated the office. I’ve found that getting involved and putting your hand up for extra things is fun way to meet the extended APP team and is definitely worth doing.

I jumped at the opportunity to join the Urban Development division in the Strategic team. It’s a great vibe, with interesting projects to work on and I felt like that was where I wanted to be. I’m still receiving work from the different areas within Urban Development & Environment as well as working alongside the senior managers in writing submissions. I find the roles vary with each project and so far, it’s been great. I’m learning a lot and excited by the idea of career growth at APP.

- Soane Puliuvea, Assistant Project Manager

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