Name: Thomas Chadwick
Degree: Master of Urban Planning
University: Curtin University
Year Joined: 2015
What were you doing before you joined?
Completing my Masters and working part-time in both IT and urban planning jobs.
Why did you apply for the graduate program?
I am motivated to do work that empowers other people and contributes to the community, so working for the Department to create affordable housing opportunities for those who would otherwise struggle to rent or own their own home seemed like a perfect fit.
Also, when I finished university I didn’t know exactly what type of work interested me, so I was attracted to the graduate program because it would enable me to gain experience in a wide range of work areas and explore my professional interests.
What projects did you work on during the graduate program?
So far I have worked in Asset Planning, where I researched how upcoming changes in local planning schemes will affect the Department’s properties; Housing Programs, where I reviewed internal program policies; Workforce Development, which saw me assisting with the development of a Capability Framework that will help guide the development of the Department's workforce into the future; and Aboriginal Housing, where I worked to improve the delivery of our Employment Related Accommodation program.
What was a key highlight of the program?
One of the most enjoyable things about the program has been meeting people from across the whole organisation. I have built relationships with people with a wide range of skills and personalities, and I often pick up the phone to ask for advice or assistance from someone I met on a previous rotation. This not only makes work a fun and exciting but it also helps me learn and develop both personally and professionally.
What are you doing now?
I am currently working in the Department's Complex Projects team in its Housing division, assisting with the development of some of the Departmen'ts large-scale projects. This includes Connected Living, a project that will deliver seven innovative, medium to high rise, transit-oriented, mixed-use developments across Perth in partnership with the private sector. I am also working on Connect Joondalup, a master-planned mixed-use development on a ~10 hectare lot near the Joondalup town centre. These are multi-faceted projects that involve me learning and performing various work tasks.