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Own Your Experience 

Downer recognizes hard work and great results. Every year, Managers across Downer nominate Graduates for awards who have demonstrated excellence in Leadership, Project Management, and Technical Solutions. 
We encourage our future leaders to be the best in everything they do and we enjoy celebrating their success. 
Here’s what some of our previous winners had to say about their experience at Downer:


Inhae Jung

Graduate Engineer – Palmerston North


I typically start my day communicating with both internal and external crews about the tasks that lie ahead. If there are any issues that need to be addressed from the previous day or something we are expecting for the rest of the week we work together to find solutions. Ill then be in the office organising materials, planning works or creating construction packs. Throughout the day I like to get back out on site to check on progress or quality and simply keep up the communication between my supervisor and crew on site. Communication really is key to a smooth operation. 
I worked with Downer over two summers as an intern, both times in the transportation division. The people I worked with and the experiences I gained just from those that were around me helped me realise Downer was the company I wanted to start my career with. A huge part of why I came back was the amazing people I was able to learn from and network I was able to create. Downer also has one of the best graduate programmes and so it was an easy choice! 
As an intern it’s important to find people that want to see you grow, you’ll be surprised at how many people in the company (at all levels throughout the business) want to see you succeed! Hit the ground running, ask questions and put your hand up for jobs others don’t want to do – determine for yourself whether its right for you or not. That’s one of the many advantages of an internship, you are there to decide if contracting or even the construction industry is where you want to be. 


Caleb Sheather

Graduate Engineer – Mt. Maunganui

“Starting off the day I will head to site and ensure the sub-contractors are on track, are working safely and know what they are doing that day. Once everything is running smoothly I will head to the office and continue working on any project that was delegated to me. This involves meeting with all managers and customers to ensure that I keep meeting the brief that was laid out, and to ensure that they are happy with the direction that I’m taking.

My current graduate rotation is within a small mechanical engineering team that looks after four bitumen plants throughout New Zealand. Here I am mostly involved with project management, maintenance and engineering design.
The amount of experience and opportunities you get from being in contracting and in the graduate programme is invaluable. And you would be hard pressed to find it anywhere else.

The best advice, is still the same advice that you’ve heard a hundred times. Take every opportunity that comes your way. But, here’s a few other pieces of advice that I’ve found useful. Try meet people for the first time face to face. Always show enthusiasm and a willingness to learn as most managers will only pass on their knowledge to someone that actually wants to hear it. And finally, dress for the job you want, not the job you have.”