Career Convos offers a first step on the workplace ladder

24 Mar 2022

College has launched the Career Convos series with a breakfast session on the construction industry featuring Naylor Love Project Manager Tom Pyatt and Quantity Surveyor Sud Sharma.

The Career Convos sessions give boys the chance to learn more about potential careers, hear directly from professionals, develop important connections and discover the best ways to start their career journey.

Both speakers shared their expertise with Years 11–13 students, speaking about their own journeys and outlining the myriad pathways open to boys seeking careers in building and construction while also answering questions.

An Ara graduate, Sud holds a National Diploma in Quantity Surveying while Tom has followed a different path, training in project management after completing a BA(Hons) in Diplomacy and International Relations at the University of Canterbury.

Both speakers told the boys that there were unlimited opportunities in a range of construction fields, explaining that university was not the only option as pre-trade courses, diplomas and degrees, apprenticeships, cadet programmes and intern roles all opened the doors to rewarding and successful careers.

They pointed out that the boys could further their careers here and overseas, supported by a strong foundation of learning within the industry, and highlighted the value of hands-on experiences and chasing opportunities.

Careers Advisor Chris Sellars says “it’s an opportunity for boys to connect directly with people in industries and potentially gain some work experience where relevant”.

College will host many more Career Convos sessions throughout the year with Old Boys or sponsors, covering a range of careers – from medicine and engineering to business and IT.

Next up, Career Convos will host two medical students – and Old Boys – who will share their experiences at the University of Sydney and the University of Otago, along with their pathways into medicine on both sides of the Tasman, while also answering any questions.

Careers Advisor Chris Sellars with Sud Sharma and Tom Pyatt.