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Esther Reis and Matthew Nola complete Graduate Program

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Esther Reis and Matthew Nola complete Graduate Program

Esther Reis and Matthew Nola complete Graduate Program

As 2016 comes to a close, we'd like to take the time to reflect on how far some of our graduates have come since joining APP.

We sat down with Esther Reis and Matthew Nola from our Victorian office to find out about their journey and experiences in the graduate program. 

Esther Reis 

Tell us about yourself – what are your qualifications and where did you study?

I’m originally from Canberra but I moved to the big smoke to study a Bachelor of Applied Science (Project Management) (Honours) at RMIT.

What is your role at APP and when did you join?

I joined APP in November 2015 as a part of the graduate program, initially joining the events business unit as part of the corporate facilities team for the 2016 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix. Since my time on the Grand Prix team, I have transitioned to client side project management within business unit 303. The Business Unit covers a wide service offerings with strengths in residential, commercial, educational and aged care. Having recently completed my time as a graduate, I am now working as an Assistant Project Manager on an exciting commercial project in Docklands. 

How has APP helped you grow your career?

APP’s graduate program has exposed me to a variety of sectors including events, retail, commercial, education and residential. This range of exposure has helped me gain a broad range of knowledge and skills. The program has also helped me understand the importance of ‘soft skills’ in consultancy, such as relationship management and the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders. I have been lucky enough to work closely with senior members of APP and other high profile external consulting firms, which has been integral to my professional development. 

What has been the highlight of your time at APP?

The first project I worked on where I helped to successfully deliver the 2016 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix was hugely rewarding for me. I felt a true sense of accomplishment and pride seeing such a large complex project come together. I love that I get the opportunity to be exposed to high profile, fast-paced projects and make a meaningful difference.  I also thoroughly enjoy the plethora of extra curriculum activities I get to be a part of, such as corporate sporting teams, company social events and external networking opportunities.  

Matthew Nola

Tell us a bit about yourself – what are your qualifications and where did you study?

I studied a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Infrastructure management (Hons) at RMIT whilst working in the industry for my final two years.

What is your role at APP and when did you join?

My role at APP is currently as a graduate, however, I’m operating as an Assistant Project Manager on all three of my current commissions.

How has APP helped you grow your career?

APP has helped my career immensely by providing a vast array of opportunities through roles on projects across the education, commercial and residential sectors. The autonomy to ‘own’ my role on each commission which APP has allowed me to have has further boosted my confidence and wealth of knowledge in an accelerated time frame. I consider this to be the best trait of working at APP.

What has been the highlight of your time at APP?

When referring back to a highlight of my time at APP, it is hard to look past my time on the 2016 Grand prix at the beginning of the year. This project was my first at APP and working alongside such a tight team of people with great camaraderie and to deliver a world class event, it definitely was a memorable milestone. The other notable achievement would be the delivery of the ‘Low Rise Refurbishment’ tranche of works at 360 Collins Street on behalf of the Dexus property group. This was the first project where I worked through the entire delivery phase and navigated through the handover process where I gained an enormous amount of knowledge. Personally, nothing provides a better understanding than attacking a project head on and making a few mistakes along the way, rather than conservatively tracking along. This is what the 360 Collins Street project has been able to provide for me.