Giving new graduates a chance in the industry

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3 April 2019

Seven new recruits have joined the inaugural Housing New Zealand graduate programme.

Back row: Josh, Kelsey and Jackson. Front row: Emily, Ophelea, Hannah and Jimmy.

After one month on the job, the graduates are thriving as they apply their university learning in the industry.

Five graduates selected for the 18 month programme have been placed in the Asset Development Group, with the two others joining the Asset Management team.

They will alternate roles about every three months, gaining exposure to parts of the business such as planning, urban design, project management and tenancy and property management.

Asset Development General Manager Patrick Dougherty says that adding a graduate programme at HNZ is a great way to give young people a chance in the industry.

"Housing New Zealand is currently going through a period of growth. Because of the scale and pace of our development programme, we were pleased to be able to add graduates to teams this year.

"We’ve been really impressed with the way the graduates have settled into their roles, bringing with them an eagerness to learn and a very welcomed fresh perspective," Patrick says.

The graduates say they see huge benefit in being able to try their hand at different roles.

It helps them decide what area of housing development they want to hone in on in their next role.

Jimmy, who is currently working in project management, says, “After only one month the graduate programme is already giving me a better idea of the direction I want to go in my future career.

"I’m particularly enjoying how diverse the projects are, and that’s something that is very unique to Housing New Zealand."

The graduates have been paired with an experienced mentor and will attend a monthly hui on a range of topics relating to their work and how other business groups operate.

The positive working environment at HNZ has made the graduates feel very supported in their new roles.

"Even though this is our first role in the industry, we don’t feel intimidated at all. It’s great to feel like our ideas are heard and respected and that we are contributing already," says Hannah, who is working in the planning team.

Current university students who are doing a property, building or construction degree are encouraged keep an eye out for more information about the 2020 graduate programme in August.

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