James Wimbridge was employed as a project officer by NAS. He previously worked for Lendlease and is studying a Master of Project Management with RMIT.
What degree are you studying?
Master of Project Management – Engineering stream.
What’s your current place of employment?
RMIT New Academic Street Project Team.
What’s your current role?
Project Officer – a nice vague title for a role which is too dynamic to properly define.
What duties do you undertake in your role?
In summary, my role is providing assistance to the Project Manager to ensure the University functions efficiently despite the complex construction project in the centre of the campus. It involves the liaison between all the RMIT service centres, external stakeholders and the Main Contractor while managing the expectations of RMIT academic staff and students. I am the nocturnal Goblin who is putting up all those little red New Academic Street signs.
What’s been your previous involvement in the NAS project?
I worked with Lendlease (the main contractor working on the NAS project) for 9 months before shifting to the client side for a bit of a career change and to make new friends.
As a current student, what outcome of the NAS project are you most excited for?
I am looking forward to the Garden Building and rooftop gardens in particular. These areas will be a pleasant way to relax between lectures and to take a break from cramming knowledge into your weary cerebrum.
What advice would you give students wanting to enter the construction industry?
A degree doesn’t make you an expert in your field. It is best to enter the workplace ready to receive knowledge from all experienced people around you. Willingness to learn, receptiveness to new knowledge and accepting opportunities to gain new skills will set you apart from the average construction graduate.