No Need to Rush, Says Waite

Friday 5 August, 2011

Students should not jump into career paths they are not sure about, but should make sure they can put all their energy into their chosen path.

Professor David Waite delivered this message to Warrane residents during the Wednesday night address on August 3, 2011. Professor Waite is Scientia Professor and Head of the largest School of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Australia - the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

During his talk Professor Waite told residents that they should not be afraid to take detours in their career.

“My life has been very much one of zig-zags”, he said.

In addition to describing some of his career highlights Professor Waite offered advice to those who would later find themselves in management positions. He urged residents to:

  • Respond to people quickly
  • Be fair and balanced
  • Be humane
  • Know how to delegate
  • Be creative, and ready to take risks
  • Keep your boss informed

At the conclusion of his talk Professor Waite fielded questions regarding the teaching of management skills at UNSW and developments in the school of Civil and Environmental engineering. This was Professor Waite's first visit to the College.

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