Graduate - SA Water
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Environmental)/ Bachelor of Science
During my years on campus, I endeavoured to get involved in both the academic and non-academic sides of university life. I held the position of an Executive Director of the Adelaide University Union and have been a member of numerous clubs. I gained new skills and personal satisfaction from these activities. In addition, I know that extra-curricular involvement in University life is highly regarded amongst employers, who value well rounded graduates.
During 2008, I worked part-time at the Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure (DTEI). I also participated in the DTEI vacation employment program. This experience provided me with an insight into what is expected of me as an engineering graduate. I also gained valuable exposure to a professional workplace environment. I see this as something that cannot be gained from a study program in isolation.
Working at DTEI provided a link between study and work. I am confident that my experiences assisted me in making a smooth transition from study to work.
What was your foot in the door to SA Water?
I didn’t have any previous experience with SA Water but I did my research and was successful through the recruitment process in gaining a graduate position.
What has been your best moment on the job so far?
There have been a few but in general, the extensive training and development that I and other graduates have received from SA Water has definitely been a highlight.
What has been the hardest slog?
Shaking off the poor sleeping pattern I developed at university and adjusting to the 9 to 5 lifestyle. I was harder than I thought it would be!
How is the pay?
The pay meets industry standards for Adelaide-based civil engineering graduates.
At uni, I wish I had known...
That practical experience and knowledge of the industry, rather than grades, will give you the edge when applying for graduate positions.
The Careers Service greatly assisted me in this transition process by providing a number of relevant and easily accessible services. I particularly found the annual Careers Expo useful as it provided me with the ideal opportunity to meet prospective employers and arrange industry experience. My advice to any students at the University of Adelaide is to embrace the many and varied opportunities that University life presents and to keep thinking about life after your degree.