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Work experience with Premise: Meet Donny!

Premise is committed to supporting the next generation of professionals in engineering and associated disciplines. Donny Wang, a third year Bachelor of Engineering student from the University of Queensland, recently participated in work experience within our Brisbane office. Here’s what Donny had to say about his time with Premise:

1. What motivated you to apply for work experience with Premise?

Premise’s various disciplines in engineering was appealing, as I saw it as a good opportunity to be exposed to different projects.

2. What have you enjoyed most about your time here?

Ben Lancini and Paul Bascombe (from the Premise structural engineering arm) gave me tasks that I was comfortable with. Simple tasks at first, and as they explained how to complete each item, it got more challenging. I really enjoyed getting that opportunity to learn. With the structural team I actually got to apply concepts I learned at university.

3. Is working in a professional consultancy what you thought it’d be like, before you had any work experience?

I didn’t expect as much software! We only use hand-calculations in uni, so it was great getting to work with software.

4. What would be your advice for students in getting the most out of your work placement?

Do plenty of self-learning about the software beforehand, and review your study content so its relevant.

5. Would you come back to Premise?

Yes! I really enjoy the work environment, everyone’s been very helpful. It’s a nice office with friendly people – and a good coffee machine!

6. Now that you have done some work experience, are you still keen on focusing on structural engineering, or would you like to try other disciplines?

I’ve really enjoyed working with the structural team, but I’m not closed-off to trying new things and working in different teams.

7. Would you like to relay a message to the people you worked with over the last 4 weeks?

Special thanks to Paul and Ben. The guys really helped me a lot when I first started, it made the experience less scary. Also thanks to Dan Niven, Gavin Fields, Yan Yan, Martin Roushani and Jonah Chorley, who’ve exposed me to water engineering. I’d also like to say thanks to Chris Hutton and Max Evans for taking me to site visits – it was interesting to see the projects on the ground.