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University of Technology Sydney
Alex studied Bachelor of Property Economics (Honours) at University Technology Sydney
What have been the highlights of the graduate program?
Being given the opportunity to become part of an enthusiastic team that have been very supportive and encouraging. In particular, it has been a great experience assisting in delivering Willowdale’s first parks and Community Facility.
Stockland has been able to introduce me into the company in a way that has allowed me to understand the different parts of the company and offered me opportunities to develop and become an important part of the team. Stockland is all about working in a collaborative way to provide communities around Australia with a better lifestyle and importantly, having a bit of fun along the way.
What does a typical day as a grad involve?
I usually spend 1-2 days on site, meeting with contractors and consultants. The rest of the time is spent in Head Office where we have meetings, workshops and desk time.
Tell me a bit about your rotations and training and development opportunities
Commercial Property – spent time in Centre Management and with the Project Management team out at Wetherill Park during construction of the $220 million redevelopment.
Residential Property – assisted the Elara, Schofields and Willowdale Development Teams and was able spend a lot of time on each of the sites understanding the many different parts of a residential community development.
Retirement Living – developed a strategy to improve the condition of a Retirement Village in South Australia. I was given the opportunity to travel down there a few times, which was good fun.
Sustainability – helped developed Toolkits for every Commercial, Residential and Retirement Living project to have, in order to assist them in integrating sustainability initiatives into their respective projects.
Research – assisted the team in updating the market research of key corridors in Sydney, understanding the market indicators Stockland use when making decisions about buying/selling assets.
What are some of the social aspects of the program?
I have been able to play touch footy, basketball, participate in fun runs for our partner charities and many more social activities.
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