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Civilex Graduates: Diversity is the Key

Will commenced with Civilex as an undergraduate and progressed into the Graduate Program in January 2018. Since then, he’s been on location in the surfside township of Lorne gaining exposure and hands-on experience on the Allen Reservoir Upgrade Project engaged by Barwon Water. I sat down with Will at the Civilex Spotswood head office over coffee and chatted about the key benefit and range of skills he’s garnered through the Civilex Graduate Program.

Will lives in the outer suburbs of Geelong and attended Deakin Waurn Ponds studying a Bachelor of Civil Engineering. The Allen Reservoir Project, located in Lorne, was the perfect project to kick start Will’s Graduate Program due to the close proximity from his home. The 186 million litre reservoir, built in 1958, is Lorne’s sole water source of drinking water and is located just 3km north-west of the Lorne township in the midst of undulating bushland.

I asked Will what he has enjoyed most about being in the Graduate Program to date and his response is similar to many of our other Civilex Graduates’ responses:

Will enjoying the coffee at Civilex head office in Spotswood.

The one key benefit Will mentions is the Graduate Program’s diversity where one day Will could be procuring suppliers and the next, be on the ground with a GPS and a bottle of spray paint in hand. Diversity is the key.

The Allen Reservoir Upgrade Project works are coming to completion, and Will finds himself in another environment – head office. He shares, “It’s so nice to have access to a coffee machine!” I have to agree, but coffee aside, Will reflects that the soft skills he has been able to develop in the Graduate Program – leadership, people skills and communication – has greatly increased his overall confidence and ability to communicate effectively to a wide range of people involved in civil construction.

On-site, Will has created and communicated toolbox sessions to project teams and workers and are often given the task of liaising with various suppliers and contractors to fill particular requirements of the project at hand. Will tells me, “I’ve really enjoyed stepping beyond my comfort zone and trying new things.”

Will has a couple of weeks to continue enjoying the quality of coffee on offer at Civilex’s new Spotswood head office before he heads out to his next project: Project One Western Roads Upgrade where he will continue to appreciate the diversity of work while developing and honing the soft skills and engineering experience to grow, develop and succeed with Civilex in the civil construction industry.

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