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A building design course graduate's advice on navigating a career change

A decision to switch from manufacturing engineering to building design saw award-winning student Punya Wijerathna discover her love of green architecture and sustainability in the Holmesglen classroom.

Now, she is our 2018 Outstanding Diploma Student and works for Dennis Family Homes.

So, how did Punya move into a building design career?

Punya’s new career started when she set a plan for her future.

“Studying Building Design is not difficult, if you maintain your enthusiasm. Be passionate about what you do. Breakdown your long-term goals to small tasks and manage your time wisely,” she says.

When you’re gaining a new skill, it is important to learn from others. Our building design course helps learners develop their knowledge in both the residential and commercial areas of the industry. They focus on project-based learning. Punya saw an opportunity in every skill she gained.

“I was able to learn on how to approach real-life projects confidently through the project-based learning environment. I learned the importance of having discussions with teachers and sharing knowledge with colleagues,” she says.

Punya has since received many new skills while working at Dennis Family Homes. She has experienced how to work to deadlines, problem solve and communicate with a variety of stakeholders.

In the future, she would like to design buildings that incorporate sustainable materials, passive design principles and renewable energy sources.

“I am a dedicated building design graduate with a passion for green architecture and sustainable design. When I’m working, I realise how much I have learned from Holmesglen.”
Find out more about our 22477VIC Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural).

(L - R) Healthscope's Petrina Adams, Punya Wijerathna and Member for Mount Waverley Matt Fregon MP.

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