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  • Naomi

    "My goal is to help lead to a more sustainable built environment for New Zealand"

    Why did you decide to take up qualifications in the property sector?

    Growing up immersed in the accelerating growth of urbanization here in New Zealand, and the expansion of urban space, led me to identifying the high demand for construction professionals. Thus, having looked at the needs in the property sector I decided to focus my attention on following a path into this sector, and taking advantage of the stability and opportunities it provides.

    What difference has the Keystone Study Award made to you?

    The networking opportunities available through Keystone have allowed me to be active and get noticed, by getting my name out there in the industry. This has also allowed me to get to know some of the leaders of the industry on a personal level.

    What do you think is the key difference of a Keystone Scholarship?

    The key difference of a Keystone Scholarship is the support and contacts available. This is especially evident through the networking opportunities which provide us with a great source of connections, and really opens the doors, allowing us to talk to highly influential people in the industry. I have found that this has been critical to my personal growth and career development and learnt that in this era of vast competition in the workplace, networking has become an essential tool in gaining connections and employment.

    What have been the highlights of your time with us so far?

    The highlights for me have been centered on the exposure to the realities of the industry through the site visits, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. My favorite site visit was the Waterview Tunnel where we were given an exclusive sneak peek into the way this large scale project has been undertaken.

    How have you connected with our sponsor family?

    Connecting with the sponsor family has allowed me to gain valuable direction in my studies and career path, and also allowed me to secure employment. Early in the year I was invited for a coffee catchup with the industry director for AECOM where I was given advice on my studies and career prospects. Getting my name out there with our sponsor family has also led me to securing a summer internship with Fletcher Building and Interiors- the biggest construction firm in New Zealand.

    Tell me about the buddy programme and wingman programme?

    For me, the buddy and wingman programme has proven that mentors are a valuable source of information and assistance during university. I am fortunate enough to be buddied with a current construction student as well as a wingman who is an ex construction student working in the industry. We keep in touch regularly and I enjoy sharing my experiences with them.

    Where do you think your qualifications might take you?

    I think my qualifications will lead me to professional accreditation, which will allow me to work on large scale construction projects in a leading role. My goals are to help lead to a more sustainable built environment for New Zealand, while becoming an expert and a leader in sustainable construction practices.

    What would you say to other students thinking of applying for a Keystone scholarship?

    Now more than ever, it’s important to build a solid network in order to open yourself to a wide array of career opportunities. By applying for a Keystone scholarship you are setting yourself up to gain contacts with the leaders in the property and construction industry, giving you a network of friends and associates to draw energy from and keep you going during your university studies and throughout your career.