After initially pursuing a career in trade, Joseph decided to focus on his studies to broaden his knowledge and skill set in the construction industry.
Construction management is made up of many disciplines. Reflect, and take ownership of the areas that are of most interest and importance to you. Pursue your drive, get out there and experience it for yourself.
As a kid, I was always using my hands to create things and this is what motivated me to pursue a trade. After working in carpentry and shop fitting, I decided to look at my long-term aspirations. I knew RMIT had a long-lasting reputation in construction management, so I decided to enrol in the Diploma of Building and Construction (Building).
After finishing the diploma I went onto study the Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management)(Honours) degree, and it was here that I got to experience the multiple aspects of the industry, from hands-on tools through to site management, development and renewal.
The highlight of my degree was my participation in two separate study tours, where I visited construction sites in Dubai, Singapore and London. Here, I was able to apply the construction theories that I had l learnt in class to a real-world context. These tours also opened up my eyes to firsthand social, environmental and economic issues within the built environment in global context. The study tour has been an invaluable experience for me – I’ve made some amazing connections with some of the other students and staff that you don’t usually get to experience on campus.
In the final year of my degree I was required to do an honours thesis. The idea of conducting my own piece of research was exciting but, at the same time, quite daunting. The project demanded a lot more time and effort than the other courses, and there were times where I gave up in frustration. With a lot of support from my supervisor and other school staff, I was able to get back on track and managed to complete my thesis with high achievement.
The program content goes beyond just construction management. For example, in my final year I gained a holistic insight into things like economic, environmental, political and social issues across local, state, federal and international contexts. This has helped to inform my own opinions about cities and environment.
I think that the built form shapes and influences the opportunities afforded to all members of society. In the future, the work I hope to undertake will contribute to the creation of built form that will result in vibrant, cohesive and economically productive communities for all.
Overall my experience at RMIT has provided me with both practical and managerial skills that are valued by employers. I feel like I am equipped to work across leadership, team collaboration and strategic planning.