Re-defin­ing grad­u­ate re­cruit­ment for rapidly chang­ing world

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Global en­gi­neer­ing and in­fra­struc­ture ad­vi­sory com­pany Aure­con will boost its grad­u­ate work­force by em­ploy­ing 143 grad­u­ate stu­dents across Aus­tralia and New Zealand ( ANZ), as part of its in­no­va­tive grad­u­ate re­cruit­ment pro­gramme.

Aure­con is re­defin­ing the 21st cen­tury grad­u­ate, high­light­ing the grow­ing im­por­tance of grad­u­ates hav­ing dou­ble de­grees, as well as de­vel­op­ing and fine-tun­ing soft skills to fur­ther en­hance their ca­reers.

“To com­ple­ment our con­tin­ued growth and devel­op­ment of Aure­con’s Ad­vi­sory busi­ness with a more holis­tic ap­proach to grad­u­ate re­cruit­ment, we are shift­ing our pref­er­ence to grad­u­ate can­di­dates with dou­ble de­grees such as en­gi­neer­ing and com­merce or en­gi­neer­ing and arts,” said Liam Hayes, Aure­con Chief Peo­ple Of­fi­cer.

“To be fu­ture ready, and have a dy­namic, for­ward-think­ing and delivery work­force, we are de­ter­mined to at­tract grad­u­ates with a suite of hard and soft skills that will com­ple­ment our re­newed di­rec­tion for a more di­verse and en­er­getic team. Our grad­u­ates will help fa­cil­i­tate con­tin­ued change and in­no­va­tion with fresh ideas, mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to so­ci­ety’s big­gest is­sues, from cli­mate change to the digi­ti­sa­tion of in­fra­struc­ture and the built en­vi­ron­ment.

“In a world of rapid change, and the in­creas­ing re­al­ity of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, au­to­ma­tion, and dig­i­tal dis­rup­tion, clients are de­mand­ing in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions that re­quire cre­ative in­tel­li­gence and de­sign think­ing. It has never been more im­por­tant to have a team that are not only prob­lem solvers through tra­di­tional en­gi­neer­ing and ad­vi­sory prac­tices, but also are able to be prob­lem fin­ders.

“The im­por­tance of hav­ing a mix of hard and soft, fu­ture-fo­cused ca­pa­bil­i­ties was the cat­a­lyst for Aure­con to cre­ate eight Aure­con At­tributes – non-tech­ni­cal skills which were iden­ti­fied by clients as key ca­pa­bil­i­ties in de­liv­er­ing an out­stand­ing ser­vice; in­clud­ing be­ing re­source­ful, co- cre­ative, en­gag­ing, be­ing an un­con­ven­tional thinker, sense maker, in­quis­i­tive, com­mer­cial and fear­less.

“Aure­con’s grad­u­ate re­cruit­ment pro­gramme is dif­fer­en­ti­ated by be­ing the ideal plat­form to en­cour­age and sup­port grad­u­ates’ strengths and ca­pa­bil­i­ties in spe­cialised fields from day one and, with that, max­imise op­por­tu­ni­ties to fast track their ca­reers on a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional scale.

“We have teams that span en­ergy and re­sources, in­fra­struc­ture and built en­vi­ron­ment, which are lead­ing the charge in dy­namic and ground-break­ing project delivery. We want to play a piv­otal role in re­defin­ing our grad­u­ates’ im­pact, and of­fer­ing them the op­por­tu­ni­ties and teams to fine-tune their skills from the very out­set.”

Grad­u­ates are tra­di­tion­ally re­cruited from me­chan­i­cal, elec­tri­cal, civil, struc­tural, chem­i­cal/ process, en­vi­ron­men­tal and geotech­ni­cal en­gi­neer­ing streams, as well as project man­age­ment, sur­vey­ing and plan­ning de­grees.

As part of the growth in ad­vi­sory im­pact­ing grad­u­ate re­cruit­ment, Aure­con is also re­cruit­ing 31 emerg­ing ad­vi­sory pro­fes­sion­als to sup­port a grow­ing ad­vi­sory busi­ness in ANZ. The po­si­tions will be of­fered to early ca­reer prac­ti­tion­ers or re­cent uni­ver­sity grad­u­ates with de­gree qual­i­fi­ca­tions in com­merce, sci­ence, fi­nance, arts, cre­ative in­dus­tries, IT, law, busi­ness and en­gi­neer­ing. These grad­u­ates will form part of the ad­vi­sory teams in com­mu­ni­ca­tion and stake­holder en­gage­ment, in­fra­struc­ture ad­vi­sory, en­vi­ron­ment and plan­ning, pro­gramme ad­vi­sory, as­set man­age­ment and dig­i­tal ad­vi­sory.

With 12.5 per­cent growth in 2017 for our in­fra­struc­ture ad­vi­sory and pro­gramme ad­vi­sory ser­vices, these 31 emerg­ing pro­fes­sion­als will pro­vide fur­ther in­valu­able insight and in­no­va­tive think­ing and delivery.

“At Aure­con, we aim to pro­vide our clients with a com­pre­hen­sive and out­stand­ing ser­vice cov­er­ing all bases – from de­sign­ing so­lu­tions to pro­vid­ing ad­vice on how to op­ti­mise an as­set for best whole- of-life out­comes,” con­tin­ues Hayes

Aure­con is lead­ing the way in em­ploy­ing ro­bust, unique and in­no­va­tive thinkers who have the hunger to em­brace chal­lenges and projects with tenac­ity and vigour. These out­comes were high­lighted in the re­cent Lime­light sur­vey around hir­ing mil­len­nial em­ploy­ees: “Top five trends for mil­len­nial em­ploy­a­bil­ity.”

“Aure­con is de­ter­mined to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment in which emerg­ing pro­fes­sion­als can thrive and be suc­cess­ful in their ca­reers, and be­ing chal­lenged by ground-break­ing projects, says Hayes.

In 2018, Aure­con won Good De­sign Aus­tralia’s Award of the Year for its ‘revo­lu­tion­ary’ Bris­bane’s Flood Re­cov­ery Ferry Ter­mi­nals. The project team in­cluded en­gi­neers rang­ing in age. A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of lead­er­ship roles were filled by emerg­ing pro­fes­sion­als, with the sup­port and men­tor­ship of se­nior lead­ers. What’s more, the project lead­er­ship team was di­verse, both from a gen­der and en­gi­neer­ing dis­ci­pline per­spec­tive.

In 2017, Aure­con was hon­oured to be named ‘Large Firm of the Year’ by Con­sult Aus­tralia, and ranked # fifth in the Aus­tralian Fi­nan­cial Re­view’s Most In­no­va­tive Com­pa­nies list.

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