Diversity is the key for David
WF HILE graduates often spend their first working years doing repetitive, mundane task, civil engineer David Kimpton ( pictured) is not one of them.
After completing his degree at Melbourne’s Monash University last year, he started with John Holland as a graduate engineer.
The two- year graduate program enables him to rotate through different areas of the business, both onsite and in the office.
At the moment, he’s working on the $ 2.5 billion EastLink Tollway, currently the largest infrastructure project in the country.
His job is dealing with the construction of a 4km concrete barrier alongside the road.
‘‘ It’s very easy for a graduate to come out of uni in any profession and be given the most mundane jobs and be doing the same thing endlessly,’’ Kimpton says.
‘‘ Here, you do rotations through different aspects of the business.
‘‘ The benefit of this program is we get to see all of the business and how every different aspect works.’’
Kimpton says he wasn’t aware of how good the job prospects were in the industry until he graduated.
His main reason for choosing to study civil engineering was simply because he was interested in the field: ‘‘ It was only just starting to boom at that time. When I finished, I went for a few interviews and realised that everyone was willing to employ me.
‘‘ That’s when I started to get that feeling and all my contemporaries from uni got jobs pretty much straight away too.
‘‘ It meant that I could look at a range of companies and go for one that best suited me.
‘‘ I just came out of uni at a good time.
‘‘ Anyone coming out of uni is going to go for the job that they want, it’s just that now they’re more likely to get it.’’
He was attracted to the position at John Holland because of the company’s culture and diversity of projects: ‘‘ They don’t just build roads or water treatment plants, there’s a whole range of things that they build.’’