Graduate Planner, New Zealand Transport Agency
- Bachelor of Environmental Planning
- Environmental Planning
Choosing to study Environmental Planning at Waikato was an easy choice for South African-born, Lana Gooderham, a girl who loves the environment and had heard about the uniqueness and reputation of the Bachelor of Environmental Planning.
"I think the thing that attracted me to study Environmental Planning most was the fact that I was studying towards a specific career path. I took comfort in knowing that by the end of my degree, I would know exactly where I was going."
It was that logic that drove Lana exactly to where she wanted to go.
Landing a job as a graduate planner for the New Zealand Transport Agency just before she'd finished her degree was the icing on the cake for Lana.
Today, her main responsibility lies within assessing applications for resource consents for anything from two lot subdivisions to the designation of electricity transmission lines, as well as supporting other planners with district plan reviews and spatial plan development.
"The best part of my job is seeing how everything I learnt from my Environmental Planning degree comes together in real life."
Lana had secured her position before she had finished university, and she says that it is important to start looking for positions early and keep on top of what's out there.
"This graduate position was specifically advertised for graduates with a planning qualification, so that alone helped me jump through the first hoop. However, while a degree signals to a potential employer that you are employable, you really need to push yourself to stand out from the crowd."