Matthew grew up in a family of builders and this inspired him to pursue a career in construction. After recommendations from industry professionals, he enrolled in a construction management degree.
The program goes way beyond a basic level of construction – students are encouraged to bring in innovation and creativity, use their own knowledge and make a contribution to the future of the industry.
My father and grandfather were both builders, so I have grown up around construction sites. Since a young age, I’ve been fascinated with the process of building and I enjoy looking at the progression of a structure being built. Initially I started working in trade, but wanted to extend my skills. The construction management program at RMIT was highly recommended to me by people in the industry so I applied.
The program itself provided me with essential knowledge in areas such as law, construction processes, planning, contract administration and plenty more. As a graduate, I am ready for the workforce and possess a solid foundation of skills and expertise.
During my time at RMIT I was fortunate enough to go on exchange for a semester in Toronto, Canada. This experience enabled me to make new connections overseas and provided me with valuable insights into how the industry runs in another country with a different climate.
One thing that impressed me was how the program went beyond a basic level of construction and into areas such as innovation and research, particularly with the honours thesis. This research allowed me to explore ideas and offer my own improvements to the industry.
Personally, I think our future cities need restrictions in regards to minimum sizes of apartments. People are still entitled to comfortable living spaces and this is essential for good wellbeing. I’d also like to see plenty of public spaces because they are important for maintaining a good sense of community.
One day I’d love to progress into the commercial side of the industry and work my way into a management role. Eventually I’d like to run my own large-scale construction company.
My advice for future students would be to get experience in the industry as soon as possible! Any sort of experience is incredibly valuable and will put you a step ahead of everyone else.