Name: Thuc-Linh Nguyen-Phan

Job Title: Graduate

University Attended: University of Sydney

Degree qualification: Bachelor of Project Management, Built Environment

Year of graduation: 2021


6:30am

Wake up! Get ready for work include office fit, hair and makeup. I also always make sure I have my work laptop, notebook, pen, phone, charger and of course airpods.

7:30am

Leave the house and walk to the train station, take the train to the city.

8:30am

Walk from the station to the office.

9:00am

Settle in at a desk and hop on to a zoom call for a daily PMO stand-up. This meeting is updating your team on what you will be focusing on that day or that week.

9:30am

Read through emails and messages to make sure I am up to date. Then start on some tasks. I make sure I go through my to-do list and cross off and add actvities I get up to that day. This helps me stay on top of my tasks especially when I get handed a few tasks at a time. I can priorities and not forget the less demanding tasks.

10:00am

walk over to the kitchen, grab some raisin toast, and toast it up! Have the toast at my desk while I do some work.

11:00am

Go downstairs to grab some coffee.

11:00

Do some work, this may include ad hoc tasks, meeting minutes and other activities

12:30

have some lunch, I try my best to not eat at my desk and go to the kitchen with a view of the water. Helps me take some time off the screen. Some days I will bring lunch and other days I will walk out of the building and have some sushi or banh mi. Lunch time is a bit different every day depending on what meetings and tasks I need to complete that day.

1pm

Continue doing work and checking through my list.

3:30pm

Make some tea with milk and grab some mixed nuts in the kitchen. I try not to skip this as I want to make sure I stand up after an hour or two of sitting.

3:30pm

Finish off some tasks and get ready for the next day. This includes writing down on my notebook what I need to complete the next day.

5:30pm

Most days I will take the train back home but some days I would go to dinner in the city with some friends that also work in the city. I found this is the most convenient way to see your friends when you work fulltime.

Days I train back home, I would have dinner with my family and relax or catch up on some work with my youth group.


More about Thuc-Linh

What’s your job about?

This question is one of the most important ones, therefore you can elaborate more here. Actually it consists of 2 questions that you can easily answer all at once. You’re good! You can do it!

  1. First of all, tell us in one sentence: What’s your employer doing and what are your areas of responsibility?
  2. What are YOU exactly doing? Tell us details about YOUR daily work and your specific tasks. Best is if you describe an exemplary day, a week or a project of yours.
  3. Additional information? Does a teenager understand what you are doing? State any kind of interesting details!
  4. We’re looking for answer no longer than 250 words.

I am a Graduate at Seven Consulting, a project and program management consultancy company working in Australia’s largest banks, telecommunications companies, and retailers. As a graduate, I work within the PMO of projects and programs. I am currently assigned at a bank, my day-to-day tasks include meeting minute taking, supporting document repository (such as Sharepoint and Confluence) like maintaining meeting forums agendas and approved minutes, regular data quality checks of risks and issues which include exporting risks and issues from Jira and spot checking which risks and issues that need updating and sending out an action to update them, updating organisational structures for the program as people on-board and off-board and change in the program, creating and maintaining an induction pack for new starters to the program, other activities including supporting the programs when needed.

What’s your background?

Your personal story in 250 words!

  1. Start with: Where did you grow up?
  2. List the most important stages of your life (school, education, experience abroad, jobs…)
  3. How did you get to your current job position and for how long have you being doing it already?
  4. We love life Stories! You can also include any kind of personal information on important life events or decisions if you want to that has shaped you we consider as valuable!

I grew up in an immigrant household in the Bankstown- Canterbury area, I live with my parents and two older brothers. Growing up in an immigrant household my goal was to graduate and earn enough to support my parents. I finished school in 2018 and went straight to university in 2019 and graduated in 2021. I think I was lucky enough to have my first year of uni in person before COVID moved the rest of my uni experience online. Although I only had one year of uni fully on campus, I was able to meet a lot of new people with different backgrounds to me and made friends I still stay very much connected to today. I initially picked this degree because I wasn’t sure of what I wanted to do but my uni offered a broad range of majors. This made me realise how broad my career could take me and with its high job demand I thought I had a lot of bandwidth to move around industries.

Could someone with a different background do your job?

Suppose someone wants to do the same job as you do, would that be also possible with a different background?

  1. Answer with yes or no and tell us, why you think so.
  2. IMPORTANT: Let us also know which kind of characteristics or other skills one should have when it comes to your job!
  3. For these questions we suggest a limit of about 100 words!

I do think someone with a different background could do my job, the Bachelor of Project Management is a degree that is very new to USYD and other universities. Also, most of the people I work with did not have PM backgrounds but were in IT or a business background and worked their way into PM. Since PM skills and expertise are transferrable across industries it is beneficial when you already have expertise in that industry. Although my degree helped me understand project management, working in real life projects and programs have been the best learning curve over the past few months.

What’s the coolest thing about your job?

  1. In 1-2 sentences: What do you love the most about your job? Which kind of task do you enjoy the most? Even if your job is tiring sometimes, what kind of moments show you that you are doing the right thing?
  2. What we don’t want to hear: “My job is so diverse. Every day something new is happening!”, “Every day is different.” Be specific! While your team might be super cool, as well as your company car or canteen, please do focus on those points mentioned under point 1).
  3. You have 100 words!

The coolest thing about my job is that I can feel a part of something and that I in some way contributed to a project/program. Building connections with other colleagues is cool as I can learn from them especially if they have lots of experience. The benefits and events you get from my company like social events, UberEATS vouchers, mentors and buddies.

What are the limitations of your job?

There are two sides to every coin.

  1. Do you bear a lot of responsibility? Do you have to work on weekends? Is your job physically demanding? What’s for you the biggest limitation in your job?
  2. “There is no limitation”, doesn’t count as an answer.
  3. Hint: Imagine someone else wants to do your job. Which kind of limitation does he or she face? An honest answer could prevent someone from taking the wrong career path.
  4. Here again: 100 words!

Working from home and in the office has been good, however when you are a graduate you have a lot of questions that stop you from completing tasks. Working from home was challenging in the beginning as I had a lot of questions that sometimes couldn’t be answered immediately. However, this was easier as I settled into the project and was more familiar with processes. It will be challenging at first, but you will be fine.

3 pieces of advice for yourself when you were a student…

Go back in time and meet yourself at university… What would you advise him or her?

  1. These three pieces of advice don’t have to be career-related – here you can tell us whatever is on your mind!
  2. You have 100 words!

3 pieces of advice I would give myself at university is don’t rush into anything you have time, university life is like no other so you should enjoy while it lasts. Uni is for being broke, you have the rest of your life to earn money.

Don’t forget to ask questions about anything uni related or career wise.

Lastly, don’t forget to build those connections and relationships in uni, it may benefit you later in life (stay connected on LinkedIn even).