01 March 2017
by George Chard
I had the pleasure of spending my 2016/17 summer working as an undergraduate consultant in Advisian’s Sydney office. The undergrad program ran for 12 weeks, split into two 6-week rotations. These rotations gave me the opportunity to experience the numerous service lines that Advisian works across and ranged from providing contractual services for the Newcastle Light Rail project, to undertaking a due diligence investigation for a major NSW energy distribution company.
In addition to my project-based work, every Friday of the undergrad program was dedicated to receiving industry-related training and mentoring from senior staff. This training aimed to provide insight above and beyond that gained from regular project work and included presentations on the development of new risk estimating techniques, to a workshop on effective networking and public speaking.
Undergraduate Group Project
Outside of my rotations I also took part in a group project with the other undergrads, researching the area of Social Infrastructure. This project was based around the Greater Sydney district plans recently released for review by the Greater Sydney Commission and gave us the opportunity to:
Develop an interactive Project Management Office (PMO) website, showing the upcoming social infrastructure projects across Sydney.
Present a venture pitch back to the business on new market opportunities and insights gained from our research.
Prepare a perspective piece based on our research which was subsequently published on the Advisian website.
Submit an official response to the Greater Sydney Commission’s district plans, outlining our vision for the future of Sydney.