Tewantin's Georgia is engineered for success
AT JUST 22, Tewantin graduate Georgia Kelly is already locked into an exciting career that is shaping a new 40-hectare island precinct on the Sunshine Coast.
The University of the Sunshine Coast civil engineering honours student is helping forge the latest Pelican Waters project by Hall Contracting, Australia's largest privately owned dredging, civil and marine construction company.
"I'm on site every day at the Pelican Waters subdivision, helping manage the quality, budget, program and safety of the project,” Ms Kelly said.
"We're doing earthworks, underground services, retaining walls and roads. There's a bridge coming up, a lock and weir too. I'm enjoying it.”
The Yiman/Gubbi Gubbi woman, who officially graduated at USC's April ceremony, gained a job at Hall last year while she was researching alternative airport pavements for her honours thesis.
Earlier in her degree, she gained work at global environmental solutions provider Veolia, where she contributed to a water quality management project in Brisbane.
Ms Kelly attributed her success to persistence, hard work, networking and the support of friends she made in her USC lectures. Her favourite classes were soil mechanics and design of roads and drainage.
"I came straight out of high school (Sunshine Beach State High School) into a paramedic science degree at USC but after one semester I realised that wasn't me and I took six months off,” she said.
"I was working at a pharmacy and it was actually my boss who suggested engineering because I was technically minded. I did some research and decided to study it.”
A highlight of her degree was spending two weeks in Laos on a New Colombo Plan mobility scholarship, helping the Free the Bears Fund to construct a new sanctuary.
Hall CEO Cameron Hall said the company had a long history of providing career opportunities for Sunshine Coast tertiary students, having employed more than 20 USC graduates over the past decade.
"With so many talented young people living locally, we are proud to offer career pathways that enable graduates to remain in the region and further develop their skills,” Mr Hall said.
"We place a strong focus on supporting future generations and, as such, we offer scholarships to USC engineering students and have funded a number of university research projects.”