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“Through the Looking Glass” at work culture:  An added benefit of CEED projects for students

Former CEED student Mr Deepak Ramasubramaniyan holds a strong belief that people feel more satisfied when they are working in an environment where they also enjoy the work culture.   In his mind, there is no doubt that having employees with a balanced professional and personal life is beneficial to employers and creates productive work environments.

 Australia Post project team with Deepak.2004
 Pictured in 2004 - (kneeling, front): Deepak Ramasubramaniyan
 (on left) and fellow CEED student Deon Cordie.
 Standing: the Australia Post Reliability Engineering team who
 supervised and mentored Deepak and Deon during their projects.

He credits his time with CEED to not only helping him strengthen his project management skills in a real life environment while still a Uni student, but the project also gave him an understanding of the Australian working culture

“I had only just migrated from India when I took on my CEED project with Australia Post in 2004 while I was completing my Master of Engineering Management at Queensland University of Technology.  I had no idea what to expect from a work environment in Australia, but the positive experience helped define for me what I wanted in a workplace,” said Deepak. 

This influenced him to take on his current position as a Design Engineer at Siganto & Stacey Pty. Ltd, a leading mechanical services contracting business in Queensland. He was attracted to the company as it sounded like an exciting and challenging place to work with its strong emphasis on Family, Reputation, Community and Balance.

“I joined Siganto and Stacey because the job offered me the potential to grow and develop, both on a professional and personal level,” said Deepak.

“I believe that my CEED experience benefitted my current employer through my enhanced project engineering skills and improved technical report writing.”

Deepak’s advice to other CEED students is to definitely take advantage of  the opportunity to apply theory and skills in a practical setting through a CEED project, but not to forget about taking a look around the company’s work environment, while you’re there.

Deepak Subramaniyan (CEED graduate 2004) 
 Deepak Ramasubramaniyan (CEED graduate 2004), enjoys the
 emphasis on Family, Reputation, Community and Balance
 at Siganto & Stacey.

 He said “it could be a rewarding and unexpected by-product of the CEED experience for you, and help define your preferred work culture and desired company values of future employers”.

What next for Deepak?

Since joining the company, Deepak is most proud of his achievements as a Green Star Accredited Professional whereby he applies his knowledge of Green Star rating and Australian Energy regulations to provide solutions to develop sustainable and green properties in Australia. 

He wants to continue his work in this area and get involved in mainstream design, construction and operation phases of buildings. He is excited about the changes to the Australian Construction Industry towards a less hierarchical adversarial industry to a more collaborative environment and integrated approach by all project members.


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