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Fulton Hogan

  • 1,000 - 50,000 employees

Kyriah Willacy

What's the coolest thing about your job?

My job is about providing engineering and project management support in a range of surfacing projects. Some of the benefits of working for Fulton Hogan in Mackay include: working for a smaller team within a large company, the variety of projects and responsibilities and the flexibility of work hours (being able to work remotely if required). By not being surrounded with as many professionals working in specialised areas, you are naturally granted with greater responsibility helping to achieve your professional goals quicker. 

Why do you enjoy working at Fulton Hogan?

I enjoy working in an atmosphere which provides plenty of opportunities for learning and growth. I have been involved with a few different projects, various clients and a variety of internal operations. No two projects are the same and you always gain new experiences from them.  

How has the Fulton Hogan Graduate Program been beneficial to your development?

The Graduate Program has helped me develop my professional skills by providing opportunities other employers don’t offer. Opportunities such as on-the-job training and support, a mentor who offers support and career guidance, networking both internally and externally and spending time in other departments. 

What would you say is the biggest difference between what you were taught at University and the work that you are currently doing?  

To gain your degree at University, you are required to complete assessments to obtain the highest grade possible. Everything is organised in a structured manner (courses, course content, textbooks & manuals to follow) and majority of the information is given to you with minimal amount of guess work. In contrast, in the workplace you’re required to shy away from structure and come up with practical solutions which work in the field. Ideally, creativity and discovery are valued and rewarded in the workplace over routine. You must learn to adapt to change and take risks to discover new solutions. 

What three pieces of advice would you have given yourself when you were still a student?

  • Ask a lot of questions & don’t be afraid to question methods or theories. Spend time thinking about how to apply what you’re learning in the real world.
     
  • Network & volunteer to build your professional portfolio. Companies like incorporating undergraduates into their teams.
     
  • Invest time into developing your skills in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Projects.