Aurecon has challenged the traditional approach to graduate programmes, creating an environment where you can pursue your personal career interests, instead of being locked into a rigid rotation schedule where you spend several years in different areas of the company.
At Aurecon, you can express your interest in a preferred team, focus on the technical skills you are most interested in, and fast track your experience and development. You will also work alongside industry leading professionals, mentors and peers. If you would like to experience numerous areas of Aurecon’s business, we can facilitate that too.
We treat our graduates as emerging professionals from day-one. We don’t confine you to a development timeframe but rather equip you with skills and provide development opportunities; allowing you to design your career.
Bringing ideas to life at Aurecon is about being creative, grabbing new opportunities and getting the support you need to find your niche.
Choosing a career path as an undergraduate can be challenging. While you may have an interest in a particular area, you sometimes don’t know which path to follow until you’ve had some practical work experience. In our vacation programme, you will be placed in a technical field of your choice (where possible) for approximately three months to gain experience in that field and help you decide if it is right for you.
In our vacation programme you can:
Aurecon’s vacation programme coincides with university summer break, so students typically start after their exam period in November/December and work through until university resumes in February/March. At the end of the experience, we give our vacation students structured feedback on their performance to assist in their professional development.
While open to all students, the programme has been designed for undergraduates ideally in their penultimate year of study.
Aurecon has a network of proactive emerging professionals who actively promote a culture of innovation, involvement and improvement. This network is called Limelight and they are the driving force behind many personal and professional development initiatives for our people.
Limelight gives our emerging professionals from all corners of the globe a voice and this voice provides the crucial feedback loop that is needed within the business. Close to 50% of Aurecon’s people are classified as emerging professionals, making them a large part of our workforce.
While the main goal of Limelight is to enable emerging professional to lead rewarding and rich careers, a direct benefit to the business is that our emerging professionals are more passionate, driven and engaged in our clients’ projects and the communities in which we operate. Management fully supports this initiative as the feedback sessions with senior leadership has opened their eyes to new ways of thinking, new ideas and the voice of the future thought-leaders of our company and within the wider industry.
Rebecca Ilunga is a civil engineer from Aurecon’s Water unit based in Cape Town – and she is also the Global Chair of Limelight. Rebecca is currently completing her Master's degree in Water and Environmental Management with Loughborough University.
“As the Global Chair, I support the local Limelight committees in the regions where we operate. We create a community where we can discuss big ideas to improve the experience of emerging professionals and our clients, as well as inspire and support each other through global initiatives,” Rebecca says.
“Limelight is actively championed by Aurecon’s leadership team and provides a platform for senior leaders to engage further with emerging professionals. The initiative offers a great opportunity to get involved and to have your voice heard across the organisation.”
From events across various regions, buddy and mentor programmes, to meet-ups and discussions about self-management and client relationships, Limelight provides the platform for incoming graduates to make the transition into the professional world and to help find their niche.
"As someone starting their career, your destiny is very much dependent on the environment you find yourself in. I believe the Limelight committee and the Aurecon workplace help foster a fertile environment; the benefits being that they expose you to unchartered territory and many opportunities to explore things that have never been done before," explains Rebecca.