matt_houston_profile_shots_nas_project-01After graduating from RMIT’s Bachelor of Applied Science (Project Management), James Thorstenson was employed as a Graduate Site Engineer by Lendlease, the New Academic Street’s builders.

What degree did you study at RMIT?

I completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Project Management).

What’s your current place of employment?

I am currently employed by Lendlease on a fixed term contract. I have been working on the RMIT NAS project since September 2015.

What’s your current role?

My current role at Lendlease is Graduate Site Engineer.

How did you make the step from graduating to finding a job?

I was employed by Lendlease during my final year through the Project Management, Construction Management Employer of Choice Program. I am part of the 2017 Lendlease Graduate Program.

What’s your involvement in the NAS project?

Since I joined the Lendlease NAS team, I have been heavily involved in the communications and stakeholder management team. This role requires frequent communication with the client and key stakeholders. I am also responsible for the procurement, construction and commercial arrangements for specific trade packages such as acoustic flooring and piling packages.

As a past student, what outcome of the NAS project are you most excited for?

The best outcome the NAS project has to offer is the variety of open study spaces. These spaces provide great opportunity for group work and social gatherings. Smaller study spaces create a more relaxed and quieter environment to study individually.

What advice would you give students wanting to enter the construction industry?

The best advice I can give students is to try and get as much on-the-job experience as possible, prior to graduating. I found this experience benefited me greatly during my studies and also prepared me for when I started working with Lendlease full-time.


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