Laura Adams is turning her knack for planning and organising things into a career in project management, and is making the most of her study experience along the way.
“RMIT’s links to industry and encouraging work–study life is a real advantage. The program’s flexibility allowed me to head in the direction I wanted.”
In high school, I wasn’t exactly sure where I wanted to take my passion for organising projects. When I was in year 11, I had the opportunity to gain work experience at Grocon. From there I knew I wanted to use my planning and organising skills in my career, and I chose to study project management at RMIT. With its central location and great reputation, RMIT was my first preference for university study.
In the first year of the program, property, project management and construction management are combined, and, from originally being part of construction management, I decided to enrol in project management, which had a greater breadth of career options available.
While studying project management, I’ve really enjoyed meeting other students through the group projects. The extensive amount of group work throughout the program has made me much better at working with all types of people. It brings out my organisation skills and my determination to get the assignment completed on time.
Thanks to RMIT’s strong industry connections, I also found work as a contract administrator and project manager’s assistant at a commercial builder, constructing four high-rise towers of over 1,400 apartments in Melbourne. It was an amazing experience and I really enjoyed being able to implement the skills I gained at RMIT.
During my studies, I was also able to take part in a study tour to New Zealand to learn about post-disaster builds. It was an eye-opening experience being on the ground to see firsthand the destruction that the natural disaster caused and the effect it had on the community. It allowed me to reflect on the change construction management can make as a whole – not just to the physical environment but also to the people and economy. I am now utilising many learnings from this trip in my work with post-disaster project management.
RMIT enabled me to defer my studies to have time to undertake an internship with a $60 million IT project at an infrastructure company and then travel for nine months through Asia, Europe and Africa. I returned rejuvenated and successfully applied for a student exchange to study one semester of my project management degree at the University of Florida, USA, to further my academic and personal growth.
The encouragement of work-study life and the flexibility between programs, along with the ability to go on exchange internationally, are all fantastic and have allowed me to head in the direction I want.