Graduate Environmental Engineer – Waste and Resource Recovery

Why did you choose SMEC?

I chose to work for SMEC for a few different reasons. Initially, I was excited by the prospect of working across a large variety of projects and dipping my toes in the world of consulting, especially at an Australian grown firm. I was also drawn in by the graduate program and how highly everyone who worked at SMEC spoke of the company. However, what finally reeled me in, was the passion of everyone who interviewed me and the areas my soon-to-be team was trying to expand into.


What do you enjoy most about your internship / graduate program at SMEC?

I enjoy the comradery of being a part of the program, especially when you meet with other graduates in person for the first time after only interacting over teams. The program also presents a lot of a great learning opportunities which making the transition into professional employment a lot easier. I am also enjoying being a part of the graduate committee, it is so rewarding to organise social and learning activities for my fellow graduates.


What surprised you about your time at SMEC so far?

I have been surprised by the culture at SMEC, and how willing everyone is to interact with each other both at social events, during lunch, and just generally over work. I have heard many friends talk about their workplaces and none of them compared to the friendly work culture at SMEC. I am also so grateful to work somewhere that encourages a healthy work-life balance.


At this stage, where do you think your SMEC story is going to take you?

At this stage I am not sure where my career with SMEC will head, but I foresee a graduation from the graduate program, further technical growth within my team and continued involvement in the wonderful committees within SMEC. The future looks bright for SMEC and I am excited to be a part of it.

Don’t be afraid of not knowing something, be excited at the opportunity to learn something new."
———— Isabella Oliver



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