Winning the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Global Student Challenge was just the beginning for RMIT construction management graduate Oscar Savage.
The leader of RMIT’s 2014 winning team in Hong Kong has landed a coveted graduate position with international construction company Brookfield Multiplex in London.
With the construction industry in London currently booming, Savage believes there is no better place for him to gain valuable life and work experience.
“It really is a dream come true, and I am looking forward to learning as much as I can and really working on my career,” he said.
“As London is on the doorstep to Europe, I aim to really expand my horizons and grow as a person.”
In his new role, Savage will use the knowledge and skills gained from competing in the challenge, such as an understanding of construction company operations, hard and soft skills relevant to the construction industry and also effective teamwork.
Savage said that his life-changing CIOB experience was a part of the amazing foundation that RMIT's Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) (Honours) built for his career in the construction industry.
“RMIT’s industry focus is its real strength,” he said.
“The privilege to learn from lecturers and guest speakers who have worked or are still working in the industry has been invaluable.
“The well-rounded course structure and the collaborative learning experiences have allowed me to enter the industry well prepared and with confidence.”
Peter Wong, Program Manager for the offshore part of RMIT’s Construction Management program, emphasised the University’s focus on an active learning environment, complemented by industry knowledge shared in classroom discussions, study tours and activities such as the CIOB Global Challenge.
“We believe that a successful program is not simply sharing our knowledge with the students, but also creating opportunities for them to practise what they’ve learnt, helping them to develop global perspectives and enhancing their national and international exposure,” Wong said.
So what advice does Savage have for students interested in a career in construction?
“Be open to opportunity, network as much as you can and work hard in your studies; if opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”