On the Job with Philomine from UGL

Lynn Elsey
Lynn Elesy
Team GradAustralia

Philomine Vincent gradauted from University of Technology Sydney in  2014 with Bachelor of Engineering/Bachelor of Business, and joined UGL  in 2015 and is a graduate engineer.  

Why were you interested in UGL? 

Prior to joining the graduate program, I worked as a technical writer at UGL-Unipart for a few months and realised that UGL’s culture, which is very supportive, was very different to other places I’ve worked at. 

I was always interested in joining a graduate program because I felt that the rotations and support would enable me to learn more, grow and also provide a better understanding and working knowledge of different areas of a business, helping me choose the right career path. 

How does the program work? 

It is two to three years long and consists of rotations that are approximately six months each. It covers all areas of the business, providing hands-on experience and opportunities to work along with and contribute to real life projects, domestic and international. Grads are provided with a strong support system including a mentor, a buddy, rotation managers and a graduate network. 

Since starting I have worked at onsite projects in health, safety, environment and quality (HSEQ), asset management and commissioning. I have also worked at our head offices in Sydney and New Zealand on project and strategy planning and business development. Additionally, I have been able to work on a few small projects in my areas of interest and attended industry events, such as university careers expos and the National Safety Council of Australia Safety Conference. 

I completed an engineering and business degree at university, so I let my graduate program managers and mentors know I was interested in utilising both. As a result I’ve been gaining exposure to business and engineering project work, giving me a better understanding of the business, what it does and how I can contribute and make a difference. 

What have been the best aspects? 

Every day and every job is different; no two projects are the same. I’m always learning something new. 

What has been most challenging? 

Working on site – I hadn’t had much site-based experience prior to starting here. Site work is quite enjoyable but very different to an office-based role. I am getting used to it while maintaining a balance of working on multiple project sites as well as the head office. 

The most surprising aspect of your job? 

Learning how much is actually involved in a project. 

Any advice to current students? 

Take every opportunity that comes your way, get involved, have an open mind, be yourself and make sure you enjoy what you are doing.