The list of St Hilda’s students obtaining positions in their chosen fields continues to grow with Lochie Todd securing a cadetship at leading international construction contractor Multiplex.
Lochie, from Launceston, is in his second year of a Bachelor of Design. Lochie will now work for a global contractor responsible for projects including Melbourne’s Federation Square, the Melbourne Convention Centre, England’s Wembley Stadium and the new stadium in Perth.
“I’m not sure how many positions they gave out, but when the woman called me to tell me I got the cadetship, she said there were over 800 people who had applied,” said Lochie.
“I was pretty stoked. I didn’t think I’d get it, and they’ve even given me a work phone which is pretty cool.”
Lochie’s interest in building and construction stemmed back to high school when he was initially focussed on becoming an architect. But after undertaking some work experience, he realized the architect industry was not for him and his focus turned to building design and construction.
“I’m interested in the management side of construction: contracting, administration, site supervising, project management, that kind of thing,” said Lochie.
Something Lochie believes helped him secure his cadetship is that he has been working three days a week in the office for a smaller building company. He saw the job advertised on the University of Melbourne job alert, submitted his résumé and a month later was contacted, had an informal interview and was offered a job.
With this experience behind him coupled with his studies, Lochie did not hesitate when he heard about the Multiplex cadetship.
“One of my friends told me about it. Icon and Multiplex were both advertising cadetships,” said Lochie.
“I didn’t get an interview with Icon but I got through to have a video interview with Multiplex and from there they asked me to come into their assessment centre, which consisted of a whole day doing activities.
“The thought of it was daunting but once you were there it was fine. It was a group interview where you had a problem and you had to design a city with this infrastructure. Then in another hypothetical task you had a site and three options of what you would put on that site and then had to discuss why you chose the option you did.
“Having a bit of background in the industry probably helped.”
Another interview ensued before the call came offering him the cadetship. Reflecting on the process, Lochie believes being proactive and keen certainly helped his cause and says this is the advice he would pass on to others wanting to pick up an internship.
“I just applied for everything and anything. If I had a remote interest in something, I’d try and get in there as quickly as I could because it shows you’re interested,” explained Lochie.
“I gave Multiplex a call before my interview just to see if they could give me any information on what they were going to ask me about.
“Even if I didn’t get it, I was thankful to have been given the opportunity and to go through the process.”
Lochie says St Hilda’s Career Advisor Kym King was a useful support throughout, providing assistance with his resume, helping him with cover letters and also interview coaching.
Delighted to have a cadetship with a construction company of the magnitude of Multiplex, Lochie cannot wait to get started and intends to put his best foot forward. He will begin his cadetship at the end of July while continuing his studies.
“While I’m at university I’ll just be part time with Multiplex and then I’m not sure what happens after that. There may be the possibility to go into a graduate position but I’m not entirely sure.
“Doing a cadetship with Multiplex would certainly make it a lot easier to get a graduate position at another builder.”
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