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Sean Anese

Everyone is very inclusive and supportive and on numerous occasions have had many people put their hands up to provide help when I’ve needed it.

What's your job about?

Johnstaff is a diverse management and professional services delivery practice. Our team provides Project Management, Construction Services, Cost Management, and Advisory Services. As part of the Graduate role, you are involved in two 6-month rotations of works within the Project Management and Construction Services division.

The Project Management division is predominately client side works on public infrastructure projects such as Schools and Hospitals. This role includes representing the Government in the progression of a project from initial funding and design to final construction completion. This involves the management of stakeholders, engineers, architects contractors and more.

The Construction Services division is from the role of the contractor and is mainly private construction works. During this time, you are responsible for the physical design and construction of the project as well as day to day management of sub contractors and overall build quality. 

As Part of the Graduate role, you are involved in the Cost Management, Programme Review and Assessment, Quality Assurance, Design progression and overall reporting and Project Administration of the Project. The two rotations allow you to have a holistic view of the industry and understand the challenges and opportunities of both the Construction Contractor and the Client Side Project Manager.

What's your background?

I grew up in Wollongong NSW where I completed the majority of my schooling life from K- Year 10 at which I then moved to Sydney and attended The King’s School, North Parramatta. My main interests at school were always Physics and Math based subjects, interested in how and why things worked.

Finishing my schooling years, I had ambitions to be a Civil Engineer, however when the opportunity came along to Study Project Management at the University of Sydney, I took it. During my three years at University, I worked casually as a Pool Lifeguard and was able to travel overseas to South East Asia as well as Europe.

As I learned more about the industry, the role of a Project/Construction Manager became my goal which led me to apply for graduate role commencing the start of 2020. Johnstaff was advertising for graduates who were interested in the industry and wanted to experience both client-side Project Management as well as Constructions Services.

Overall, the position provided a great opportunity to learn even more about the industry and the people within the company were amazing. Since then, I have recently completed the graduate role and transitioned into their Construction Services division.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

Of course! This role has nothing to do with your background and everything to do with your interests. The Graduate role is suited to any individual who is interested in the Construction and Management industry and offers holistic experience with the prospect to choose which division interests you the most at the completion of the programme. The role would suit people who are inquisitive and aren’t afraid to make mistakes, and offers major progression to those who like to be involved and proactive.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

Probably the coolest thing about the job is the people who work within the company. You can sit down and talk to anyone within the company, including the CEO or the Head Principal, and feel like you are talking to any other colleague. Everyone is very inclusive and supportive and on numerous occasions have had many people put their hands up to provide help when I’ve needed it.

What are the limitations of your job?

There are really no limitations at Johnstaff, you have free ability to involve yourself in as much or as little as you want. All the teams are there to help you grow and progress and if you are willing to put the time and effort in you will be rewarded.

The hours of work are fair with normal days being 8-9 hours with no real physical demands or requirements and weekends are quite rare and only when working on the construction services side of the company.  

3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student...

  • Ask as many questions as you can. People are more than happy to tell you about their life and career progressions and there are many lessons to be learnt from other people’s previous errors and successes.
  • Follow what interests you, life and work, there are so many different roles out there and each with their own benefits and you don’t always have to go work at enormous company or follow someone else’s steps
  • Challenge yourself