With so many options facing school students as they decide what they would like to specialise in after they finish school, work experience can be a terrific way to help them make some important decisions about their future.
One such student is Coedie Anderson. While studying as a year 10 pupil at St Joseph’s College Hunter Hill, Coedie seized the opportunity to undertake surveying work experience – and now that it’s done, he is already keen to start his tertiary study in the area!
Read on to find out a little about his experience…
Q: Which surveying company did you undertake work experience with?
A: Linker Surveying.
Q: Who was your work experience supervisor?
A: Mark Andrew.
Q: What did you learn on work experience?
A: I was able to help with setting up measuring equipment. I was able to assist rather than watch others doing this. As we set up I learnt so much, everything was explained to me. At every step the staff were teaching me how to do the tasks. Mostly the projects were measuring buildings and roadways.
Q: What was the most interesting part of work experience?
A: The most interesting project was surveying an old church for a renovation project. It was interesting because the building was a complicated design, there were interesting roof angles, unusual room and basement spaces making for difficult measurements.
Q: Would you consider a career in surveying?
A: Yes. My first interest is in civil engineering because I am interested in the design aspect. I will probably do the combined civil / surveying degree at UNSW.
A: I am interested in the technical skills in engineering and surveying. I am learning about dynamics and kinematics in Physics now and these are things I am interested in.
Q: Would you recommend this work experience to other students?
A: Yes, I would recommend work experience in surveying. It helps you work out what you want to do for a job. The experience taught me good skills and I learnt about technical things I would not otherwise know about.
Taking the first step
If finding a surveying work experience placement sounds like something you or a student you know would be interested in, you can apply right here on this website and we can liaise with a surveying firm that can help.