12 January 2016
After graduating university and searching for employment in my field for an entire year I thought I would never get there! One afternoon my dad came home from work, and told me that his friend works for Seqwater and there were 13 trainee positions available for environmental science graduates. I wrote my cover letter and sent it off along with my resume. A few days later I received a phone call from Seqwater asking me questions about what work experience I had, and why I was interested in the position. Then, a week later I received an email saying I was successful in the phone interview, and could go in for a face-to-face interview? The interviewers told me there were 700 applicants, so I didn't get my hopes up! But the next week they called to say I got the position at Noosa Water Treatment Plant! I would just need to pass a medical, fitness and general knowledge exam first.
My Bachelor of Environmental Science Degree and minor in Coastal and Marine Systems helped me to prepare greatly for getting the job with Seqwater. Many of my university subjects have also helped me for the industry, particularly my work placements with the Sunshine Coast Council and Maroochy Waterwatch. These placements gave me the vital practical experience I needed in water quality testing. I continued to volunteer with Maroochy Waterwatch after I completed my degree to develop more skills in my chosen field.
I have always loved water and am passionate about keeping our waterways healthy! Therefore, this is the perfect job for me. Seqwater is the only bulk water provider in Australia that manages open catchments, allowing the community to enjoy lakes and catchment land while ensuring a quality bulk water supply for the region. I like the fact that there are so many opportunities to move up in this organisation and that I get to do what I enjoy every day. It was difficult to get my foot in the door in this industry, although all hard work pays off and in the end I have been rewarded with my dream job. Thanks USC! Some advice I have for other students is to try to get as much practical experience in your chosen area of study as you can, as it really helps, and I encourage you all to follow your passion!