At TBH we proudly support our community and connecting with universities is one way for us to develop and grow the next generation of leaders. Our partnership with University of Technology Sydney (UTS) through the Tracey Brunstrom and Hammond Project Management Scholarship offers support to students pursuing studies in project management. The TBH Project Management Scholarship provides the recipient with financial support and the opportunity to gain insight into the day-to-day operation of the project management profession through valuable work experience.
The 2019 recipient, Risto Kotevski, began an internship with TBH in January 2020. Since then, Risto has worked on a number of exciting jobs including major projects for clients Department of Education and TransGrid, providing support to senior team members in the areas of Project Controls, Status Reporting, Cost Claims and Planning & Scheduling. Risto has recently become a full-time Consultant and part of the TBH Sydney team.
TBH are currently reviewing applicants for the 2020 TBH Project Management Scholarship through UTS.
Interview with Risto Kotevski
What made you interested in applying for the TBH Scholarship?
When the scholarship email first came through, I realised this was an amazing opportunity. I jumped on TBH’s website and was immediately interested in the wide range of industries that TBH was involved in – from Building & Construction and Education to Government and Defence. Hearing that TBH was involved in major projects like Barangaroo and WestConnex M4 & M5, they piqued my interest and I knew this was a company that I wanted to work for.
What is the greatest thing you have learnt since joining TBH?
I have learnt so much at TBH from all of the Project Managers that I have worked for – from doing an Extension of Time claim for one of my schools projects to completing a Request For Tender Submission for a new Leisure and Aquatic Centre. The greatest thing that I have learnt so far is putting together the whole construction schedule for a new multi-storey residential building in Parramatta. It’s amazing to see how all the different building elements are sequenced together to provide the end product.
What do you enjoy most about working at TBH?
The work culture is great at TBH. Everyone is friendly and willing to help you out if you have a question, no matter if they are a Consultant or one of the Directors. It’s a “One Team” mentality. It makes it very enjoyable to come to work.
Do you have any advice for students completing a Master of Project Management?
Completing the Masters is tough – You put a lot of hours in to learn the material and complete all the assessments. However, it all pays off when you start using that material on your own projects at work and seeing how all the elements fit together on a project. You really start to understand what is involved in a project and how it affects the different project team members. You gain a deeper understanding and it gives you the confidence to work on bigger projects, so I highly recommend undertaking the Master in Project Management.