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Trystan Quirk

The best thing about my job is that every day is different with my tasks varying depending on the stage of the project.

What's your job about?

Johnstaff is an employee-owned professional management and services business operating in Australia and New Zealand. Johnstaff offers Cost Management, Advisory, Construction and Project Management services.

The best thing about my job is that every day is different with my tasks varying depending on the stage of the project.

In my time in the Construction Services team, I have had tasks varying from contract administration, such as managing costs, report writing, issuing RFI’s, preparing contracts and attending and writing minutes from meetings with the client/subcontractors.

I have also assisted in developing a scope of works, procuring and scheduling trade contractors to conduct the required works onsite. Once onsite, I have experience in managing the trades to ensure they are doing the work as agreed and to ensure the WHSE frameworks are being adhered too.

My role has also involved post completion activities such as defect recording and resolution, obtaining relevant close-out documentation from subcontractors and closing out costs management tasks such as releasing retentions held.

What's your background?

I grew up in South East Victoria and completed VCE at Rowville Secondary Collage, I then went on to study at Deakin University (Burwood Campus). During my university degree I had the chance to study at Aarhus University in Denmark which I highly recommend for anyone who gets a chance, it was great to experience living away from home in another country where the people have a differing way of life to that in Australia.

I got this position by applying online after meeting Johnstaff representatives at a graduate fair at my university. I was attracted to the job due to the interesting and complex nature of the projects that we work on. I also thought the graduate program offered a great opportunity to find out where I would like to take my career as it offered a six-month rotation in both Project Management and Construction Services departments.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

Yes. The key skill that is required for both Construction Services and Project Management at Johnstaff is your communication skills. Every day you are on the phone dealing with and managing people from external organisations making it extremely important to be able to convey the information required to complete each task. The rest of the skills required can be learned if you are hardworking and are interested in learning new things to grow as a professional.

What's the coolest thing about your job?

One of the most interesting parts of the job is the variety of exciting projects we work on at Johnstaff. In my first year I have worked on projects in health, research, food and agriculture sectors. With each project presenting unique challenges and learning opportunities.

What are the limitations of your job?

The biggest limitation is that I have had to travel long distances and live away from home at times as we have some projects based in regional Victoria.

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

  • Take any opportunities that are available to you.
  • Research the available jobs/roles that you can apply for after graduating and put time/thought into applying for that job.
  • Ensure you have somewhat relevant work experience to demonstrate your work skills prior to completing university.