Next Step … Perth hosted at Water Corporation

Water Corporation hosted students at Perth Next Step 2013

Water Corporation hosted students at              Perth Next Step 2013

Water Corporation (Western Australia)  again hosted a session of the NYSF Next Step program in Perth in July.

Human Resources Manager Jenny Thornton welcomed the group of 15 students and shared her own career journey. Her best advice? Always keep an open mind and seize the opportunities that come your way.

Water Corporation graduates in Civil, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Chemistry all talked with the students on the day. They shared what attracted them to their field of study, what a typical day of work is like and what they enjoy most about what they do.

Graduate Electrical engineer, Eirene Conocono explained the complexity of her field of work and the safety requirements that needed to be followed.

Environmental Engineer Cheng Zhu was able to take the students for a tour of the Operations Centre as part of the visit, showing them the breadth of Water Corporation’s activities.

Besides being a positive learning experience for the visiting students, the graduates were pleased that they could share their experiences and encourage the young visitors to study and work towards a meaningful career.

Graduates from Water Corporation vie to present at NYSF

The Water Corporation of Western Australia uses an innovative approach in selecting graduates to present at the January sessions of the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF).

Graduates submit a presentation on their chosen field, and from there a short-list of four candidates is selected to present to a panel. Then the two most compelling presenters are chosen to represent the Water Corporation across three sessions at NYSF.

The aim of each presentation is to spark interest in the water industry in the minds of talented young people, and build awareness of the Water Corporation’s graduate program and employment prospects.

The Water Corporation offers its graduates the chance to present because it’s a fantastic development opportunity. They can also relate well to the students because they’ve been through similar deliberations and decisions about their future, in the not so distant past.

Graduate Chemist from the Water Corporation’s Technology and Energy Management Branch, Ben Currell, was lucky enough to be selected to present at NYSF earlier this year.

“It was great to see so many enthusiastic young students, and I really enjoyed being able to share my passion for science with a new generation of potential scientists,” Ben said.

(image courtesy Water Corporation, WA)

(image courtesy Water Corporation, WA)

Project Manager, Daniel Jackson, (pictured above) also from Technology and Energy Management Branch, presented in Canberra and Perth.

“The best and brightest young minds gathered at the NYSF, where I was fortunate enough to be able to speak to hundreds of students about all the possibilities of a career in science and engineering on behalf of the Water Corporation,” Daniel said.

“It was a great to not only experience speaking in public in a professional context but also to connect with some extremely clever and motivated young adults who in the coming years will be clamouring for an opportunity to test their mettle in the sciences.”