Water Journal : Water Journal August 2011
awa news 36 AUGUST 2011 water regular features Young Water Professionals (YWP) Amanda Hazell -- AWA YWP National Committee President In the four-and-a-half years I have been working in the water industry I have noticed that there tends to be two types of young professionals in the industry -- those who are totally enthralled with the company they are working for and those who are not quite sure if the organisation they started their career with is quite right for them. Many of the latter group will simply look for a new position that suits them better, but for others the prospect of leaving a stable position so early in their career is a little daunting. Increasingly the water industry is moving towards alternative models for developing and operating new water and wastewater infrastructure. This month's Water Journal highlights that alliances are one of the most common ways that these sorts of projects are being delivered. Working in an alliance provides the perfect opportunity for unsure (and perhaps indecisive) young professionals to experience working for a different organisation, without leaving the safety of their stable job. Learning Opportunities I have worked in an alliance for the past two-and-a-half years. My time in this particular partnership has taught me a lot about the two organisations involved, what it takes to make a successful alliance, and what I want out of my career in the water industry. As a graduate new to the industry I definitely fit into the first category of young professional in that I absolutely love the organisation I work for. However, while working within a different organisation I have learnt along the way that every company, including my own, has many things that they can do better. This is the area in which I see the biggest value for a young professional working in an alliance, taking on board the things that alliance partners do better and implementing these in their own organisations. Alliances best function when communication between all the parties in the alliance is open and honest. The opportunity to work in an alliance where this sort of cooperation exists is something I have found invaluable. It has changed the way I interact with people in my own organisation, as well as in the rest of the water industry. While there can be challenges in working within an alliance, I would definitely recommend it as a good career option. For those who don't have many options but to work in an alliance (due to the nature of your organisation's business), it pays to make sure that you learn as much from your partners as possible and ensure positive aspects are implemented in any alliance you work in. Opening the Lines of Communication Communication is a topic we have discussed frequently among the YWP National Representative Council (NRC) recently. For the past three years we have had a Facebook group for AWA YWPs. Recently we have updated this to a Facebook page to make it easier to promote the network (www.facebook.com/ youngwaterprofessionals). It will have information about upcoming events, reports and photos from around the country. We will also be using it to promote national initiatives that may be of interest. Hopefully you will all "Like" the page so that your Facebook networks can find out a bit more about our specialist network. Movement at the Station Due to committee elections in a number of states, as well as a few people moving, there are a number of NRC representatives I'd like to thank and say farewell to. Will Blanford (SA) and Kate Miles (NSW) will both be leaving the NRC as a result of elections. Katrina Annan (WA) is moving to Victoria so will no longer be representing WA. Paul Freeman and Lucia Cade, who have been our board representatives on the NRC, are both stepping down from their roles. On behalf of the NRC I'd like to thank all of these representatives for their contribution and advice. To fulfil the vacant roles we welcome Tom Swanson (SA), Jaques Ostrowski (NSW) and Ina Kristiana, who is representing IWAA. Helen Stratton, John Howard and Jodieann Dawe have all joined the committee to represent the board and we look forward to working with them. A new WA representative will be appointed after the WA elections. If you have any interesting topics you would like the YWP network to discuss in this column please let me know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), as I am always open to ideas. The YWP Facebook page will help promote events and initiatives.
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