School of Property, Construction & Project Management
An interview with Samantha Villella – Student of the Construction Management Undergraduate degree.
Where are you working now?
What is your role and what activities does your role entail on a daily basis?
– Front of house – being apart of the estimating department & working in teams to prepare tender submissions for upcoming project from high level office fit-outs to foyer and podium works and upgrades and Monash University projects.
– Preparing submissions
– Subcontractor liaison
– Client & Superintendent liaison
– Document Control
– Currently moving into the design team to work on our Design & Construct projects.”
What was your favourite part of your degree?
“The study tours have been an amazing experience I was lucky enough to attend 2 trips. This really put the content that we were learning into real life scenarios. Incredible group bonding and some amazing moments shared.
Visiting – Singapore, Dubai and London
We were able to meet with different Project manages from various construction companies around the world and understand there goals and values. Seeing how they differed from the ideas in Melbourne.”
What do you like best about your role?
“The exposure to all the different construction aspects. Having a great team to support me that are knowledgeable and that are willing to help me learn and grown within the company.”
What attracted you to your role?
“I was looking for a company to grow with and a company that had faith in my values to take me on and teach me everything that I need to know to help them also grow and succeed.”
What is most important to you when looking for a job?
“The working environment and culture, also the companies goals and aims for the future.”
Tell us about your career journey so far.
“I completed an Interior Design Degree at RMIT graduating in 2009 worked freelance for some residential developers and ended up working in landscape design which was great. Spent a year overseas traveling around and came to realise that I felt the gap in my knowledge was understanding how to construct something that I could design. I can design the pants of anything but understanding how these ideas or concepts can then be interpreted back into reality I feel is where my knowledge was lacking therefor this lead me back to RMIT to undertake my Construction management Degree.”
Tell us about the challenges and triumphs you have faced as a female in a male-dominated industry
“There has not been any challenges that I have felt to difficult to overcome thus far. No doubt there will be as it is a male dominated industry. I am lucky enough to have a wonderful principle of the company Josephine Sukkar who is actively encouraging more women to enter the construction industry and join the Buildcorp Team.”
If you could say one thing to young females looking to enter the industry – what would it be?
“Do it! Its so rewarding and an amazing industry to be apart of.”
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