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Widya Hasan is employed as a Project Officer in the New Academic Street team while also completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours) and Bachelor of Business (Management) at RMIT.

What degree did you study at RMIT?

I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours) and a Bachelor of Business (Management). I’ll be graduating in December 2016.

What’s your current place of employment?

The RMIT New Academic Street team. I work part-time within the Issues Management team, reporting directly to the Project Manager.

What’s your current role?

Project Officer (Issues management).

What duties do you undertake in your role?

I’m assisting the Project Manager with coordination and management of issues that arise as a result of the NAS project. This includes identifying issues proactively and developing mitigation and resolution strategies. I have also created an issues logging framework for all existing RMIT service centres to ensure that all issues are recorded and are being dealt with in a timely and efficient manner.

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

I’ve always been working throughout my studies, starting in hospitality and moving into corporate. I find that every job I’ve had throughout has enhanced my communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills whilst University enhanced my technical skills. Those experiences helped me obtain this role because I was previously working in similar roles.

What’s your involvement in the NAS project?

Ensuring that the signage around RMIT is adequate and placed appropriately to communicate NAS news and works’ notices to RMIT stakeholders. I also coordinate proactive and reactive issues with RMIT service centres and Lendlease – the project’s building contractor.

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

I am thrilled to see the roof garden and the ‘scattered’ library layout.

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

Definitely put yourself out there, network during events (such as Engineers Australia and other industry events), and try any job out there if the engineering market is tough. You will still gain invaluable experience in other industries which you could use when you’ve found the perfect role in the engineering industry.

Story: Zoe Beer

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