The University of Newcastle, Australia

Growing up in a family of builders, Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) (Honours) graduate Larissa says her passion for the built environment started young.

When it came to choosing a degree, she wanted something comprehensive – that would open up opportunities right across the building and construction industry.

“I liked that the Construction Management degree allows for the integration of so many facets of the building industry, and that the program allowed me to understand so many of these different areas,” says Larissa.

It’s a practical, hands-on field, and the University’s flexible study options and focus of real-world experience was another big drawcard. By combining both online and on-campus courses, Larissa was able to balance work, life and study.

“I found the flexibility and support provided by the University to be superior compared to other universities offering similar programs.

“And the way the program was established allowed me to work as a cadet throughout my studies, while also being able to undertake a full university workload,” says Larissa.

During her first year, Larissa landed a position at Richard Crookes Construction’s (RCC) as a construction cadet. Four years later, not only is she a university graduate, she’s been promoted to Site Engineer within the company.

With her sight set on a position as a Project Manager, Larissa still regularly draws on the skills and experience she gained throughout her degree.

“I found the courses to be quite practical, and many of them have a direct correlation to the work I now undertake day to day,” she says.

Through her work at RCC, Larissa has had the opportunity to work on several of large-scale projects, including the first stage of the Gosford Hospital Health and Wellbeing Precinct (HWP), and now, stage two: the Central Coast Medical School.

She says there’s something pretty special about delivering projects that directly benefit the communities she grew up in.

“As someone who was raised on the Central Coast, I think (the Central Coast Medical School) will be such a remarkable facility for the region, and will provide education for the local community as well as ground-breaking research. I’m delighted to be a part of it.

“I get a real sense of pride when I can drive around and point out a project I worked on, and see it being used and loved by the local community - there’s something really satisfying about seeing all of your hard work pay off.

“I hope the impact of my work provides places for the community to really invest and grow. These spaces are so important to how our community operates and develops, and I hope to continue to contribute to the growth of our communities for years to come,” she says.

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Larissa Sullivan

Bachelor of Construction Management (Building) (Honours) graduate Larissa is delivering projects that directly benefit her local Central Coast community.

I found the flexibility and support provided by the University to be superior compared to other universities offering similar programs.