But the two Unitywater engineers were able to do just that thanks to their involvement in Unitywater’s Graduate Program.
Angelique and Aaron presented an innovation project they collaborated on with three other graduates at the International Water Association’s World Water Congress in Japan recently.
Angelique and Aaron, who have both now secured permanent positions at Unitywater, are encouraging university students to apply for the 2019 Graduate Program.
Aaron said the Japan trip was an “incredible experience”.
“I gained a better understanding of how the rest of the world manages their water and energy problems, had the chance to network with a variety of water professionals across the world, and also got to present our innovation project to a room full of experts,” he said.
Angelique embraced the opportunity to learn more about the global water industry.
“I was able to learn about so many interesting projects happening in the water industry globally, meet water professionals from across the world and, of course, experience Japan and its beautiful culture. Since then, I have been able to share my experiences with many colleagues, both internal and outside of Unitywater,” she said.
Unitywater Executive Manager People Culture and Safety Kenan Hibberd said applications were now open for the 2019 Graduate Program in the areas of engineering and information technology.
“We’ve been amazed at the talent of some of the people who have come through this program,” Mr Hibberd said.
“It’s a two-year development opportunity that gives graduates broad experience across multiple business areas in our organisation.
“We are committed to the development and progression of young talent at Unitywater and encourage Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Information Technology graduates to apply.”
Applications close 9 December. To find out more or to apply for the program, visit www.unitywater.com/about-us/careers/our-vacancies
Image: Aaron O'Connell and Angelique Van Walle presented their graduate project at the World Water Congress in Tokyo.