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The Take Off Podcast

The Take Off Podcast

By Mick Donaghy

Mick is back (after a year) with a new season starting this week - The Take-Off ✈️
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5 things I've learnt in our first year in business (End of 2022 wrap!)
5 things I've learnt in our first year in business (End of 2022 wrap!)
In this episode Mick discusses his 5 key learnings in his first year in business.  From family to keeping costs low; this episode is jam packed with value if you're considering starting a business in 2023. We look forward to bringing you some exciting interviews next year.  Keep pushing! www.gedon.com.au To connect with Mick contact via email on mick@gedon.com.au
22:44
December 06, 2022
Ep 69: Recession Proof Your Career & Business - Construction Australia & New Zealand
Ep 69: Recession Proof Your Career & Business - Construction Australia & New Zealand
On this episode Mick discusses the ways in which you can recession proof your career over the next 12 - 24 months. With the world facing some economic challenges with the cost of living increasing, inflation & interest rates on the rise; is now a good time to start considering how to ensure you achieve job security over the next few years? Mick discusses how he is viewing the market at the moment and the different opportunities that could present themselves to achieve long term sustainability moving forward.
16:32
November 29, 2022
Ep 68: The Take Off - 5 Reasons Why Construction Companies NEED to HIRE more Overseas Professionals!
Ep 68: The Take Off - 5 Reasons Why Construction Companies NEED to HIRE more Overseas Professionals!
It’s not about talent or how good you’re. It’s about how much you’re NEEDED 🚧 Mick is back with another episode of The Take-Off ✈️ where he talks about why construction and Engineering companies should start considering professionals from overseas. Australian businesses are crying out for more workers with the country in the middle of one of its largest-ever labour shortages. There are more than 423,000 job vacancies, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Mostly, candidates in the current market are moving for better salaries which is approximately a 60% rise, or for a more senior role. Where else, professionals from overseas are moving only for a 30-40% rise and for real reasons and a better lifestyle. In this episode, Mick talks about how the construction industry won’t be able to survive for long if they don’t hire professionals from overseas. Listen now to find out more and give us a review if you find this useful. This is an exciting yet super challenging time for the industry. Join Mick every week as he discusses a key challenge the industry is facing, whilst interviewing some of the most successful construction leaders throughout Australia & New Zealand. GEDON™ Advisory - Unearthing the talent that price, design, and deliver complex construction projects throughout Australia and New Zealand. To find out more about what we do, hit the links below! Website: https://www.gedon.com.au/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/81420979/
28:29
November 22, 2022
Ep 67: The Take Off - 5 Reasons Why YOU Should STOP Chasing Money!
Ep 67: The Take Off - 5 Reasons Why YOU Should STOP Chasing Money!
Chasing money is worse than dogs chasing cars💲 Mick is back with another episode of The Take-Off ✈️ where he talks about why one should stop chasing money to be successful in their career. Well, a lot of us work for fame and money. But will that take us to places where we want to reach? The greatest reward of becoming a millionaire is not the amount of money that you earn. It is the kind of person that you have to become to become a millionaire. Changing jobs just for more money? The biggest mark against a candidate is having a history of hopping from job to job in relatively short intervals. Yes, job-hopping can still hurt one’s career, despite how the job landscape has changed in recent years. In this episode, Mick shares 5 reasons why you should STOP chasing money. Listen now to find out more! Mick is hosting the first Estimating, Quantity Surveying, Pre-Construction Networking Drinks in over a year! Click the below link to find out more. https://lnkd.in/gsGpjWNR This is an exciting yet super challenging time for the industry. Join Mick every week as he discusses a key challenge the industry is facing, whilst interviewing some of the most successful construction leaders throughout Australia & New Zealand. GEDON™ Advisory - Unearthing the talent that price, design, and deliver complex construction projects throughout Australia and New Zealand. To find out more about what we do, hit the links below! Website: https://www.gedon.com.au/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/81420979/
31:21
November 15, 2022
Ep 66: The Take Off - 5 Reasons why Quantity Surveying industry might DIE
Ep 66: The Take Off - 5 Reasons why Quantity Surveying industry might DIE
It's not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change 📈 Mick is back with another episode of The Take-Off ✈️ where he talks about the quantity surveying industry in AU. He has been recruiting for PQS firms for over 10 years including Ireland, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand and talks about how the quantity surveying role is unrecognized in AU.  The future of the surveying profession is an issue that has been lingering for many years. Recently, the concern has been growing wider and louder among surveyors. Some surveyors contend that the surveying profession, in its current form, is heading toward extinction. Their reasons include a gradual decline in the number of qualified and licensed professionals, the impact of emerging technologies, sophisticated and more capable equipment, and a decline in the number of new graduates in the profession. Others have even considered it a less rewarding profession. But are these reasons valid and if so, is there a solution to the problem? To address these questions, one needs to look at current challenges to the profession as well as the possible impact of any factors that could adversely impact the future of the profession. In this episode, Mick shares 5 reasons why the quantity surveying industry might die. Listen now to find out more! This is an exciting yet super challenging time for the industry. Join Mick every week as he discusses a key challenge the industry is facing, whilst interviewing some of the most successful construction leaders throughout Australia & New Zealand. GEDON™ Advisory - Unearthing the talent that price, design, and deliver complex construction projects throughout Australia and New Zealand. To find out more about what we do, hit the links below! Website: https://www.gedon.com.au/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/81420979/
34:52
November 08, 2022
Ep 65: The Take Off - Benefits of taking a BREAK!
Ep 65: The Take Off - Benefits of taking a BREAK!
Taking time off from work is a chance to get away from the routine to recharge your soul 🔋 Mick is back with another episode of The Take-Off ✈️ where he talks about his 2.5 weeks of traveling around the U.S and Mexico and how this has helped in both his personal and professional life.  There is nothing quite like a good holiday and it is a great chance to escape your daily routine and see new places, but these trips are also important in terms of health and well-being. A holiday can be a chance to improve your physical and mental well-being so they are experiences that everyone should be taking advantage of at least once a year. Despite this, many people do not go on holiday often for work-related reasons but this could have a negative impact in many ways. There’s much more to a holiday than simply taking time off work and enjoying yourself. Holidays also help improve productivity and creativity and strengthen relationships. In this episode, Mick talks about the benefits of holidays and why they are so important. Listen now to find out more! This is an exciting yet super challenging time for the industry. Join Mick every week as he discusses a key challenge the industry is facing, whilst interviewing some of the most successful construction leaders throughout Australia & New Zealand. GEDON™ Advisory - Unearthing the talent that price, design, and deliver complex construction projects throughout Australia and New Zealand. To find out more about what we do, hit the links below! Website: https://www.gedon.com.au/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/81420979/
33:39
November 01, 2022
Ep 64: The Take Off - Why Construction Companies can't RETAIN Talent in 2022?
Ep 64: The Take Off - Why Construction Companies can't RETAIN Talent in 2022?
Brains just like the hearts love recognition 🧠 Mick is back with another episode of The Take-Off ✈️ where he talks about why construction companies are not able to RETAIN their people.  Retaining employees is not an easy task, yet every business cannot afford to keep hiring. It is, therefore, a company's responsibility to ensure they treat their employees well both to motivate and retain them for a longer period. One of the most useful ways companies use to maximize productivity and performance is by maximizing employees' commitment and motivation. It is widely accepted that employers must deliver clear and defined employee value propositions for staff to motivate them to stay with the company. However, what’s important to one individual may not be valued by another. Australians rank work-life balance, job security, and location as the primary motivators to stay in their role. This was closely followed by salary and benefits, plus flexible working arrangements. In this episode, Mick talks about how construction companies can strike a balance between Recruiting and Retention. Listen now to find out more! This is an exciting yet super challenging time for the industry. Join Mick every week as he discusses a key challenge the industry is facing, whilst interviewing some of the most successful construction leaders throughout Australia & New Zealand. GEDON™ Advisory - Unearthing the talent that price, design, and deliver complex construction projects throughout Australia and New Zealand. To find out more about what we do, hit the links below! Website: https://www.gedon.com.au/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/81420979/
26:38
October 25, 2022
Ep 63: The Take Off - How Social Media can CHANGE EVERYTHING for a Construction Business
Ep 63: The Take Off - How Social Media can CHANGE EVERYTHING for a Construction Business
Social media is not media. The key is to listen, engage, and build relationships!📡 Mick is back with another episode of The Take-Off ✈️ where he talks about why construction companies should be using SOCIAL MEDIA more effectively.  Social media is no longer a meme-sharing platform. It’s a valuable tool for brands to gain rich insights, and customers and grow their reputation. Communication is one of the major areas that have been revolutionized by the inception of social media. In this day and age, communication is the key to success. This is where social media can be used effectively in order to connect with more people and that too in a quality-oriented manner. Different channels like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram can be used to connect with your contractors, developers, and clients, and make sure you stay in touch with all of them irrespective of place, time, and space.  In this episode, Mick talks about why social media is crucial for your business and how you can engage with your audiences. Listen now to find out more!  This is an exciting yet super challenging time for the industry. Join Mick every week as he discusses a key challenge the industry is facing, whilst interviewing some of the most successful construction leaders throughout Australia & New Zealand. GEDON™ Advisory - Unearthing the talent that price, design, and deliver complex construction projects throughout Australia and New Zealand. To find out more about what we do, hit the links below! Website: https://www.gedon.com.au/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/81420979/
24:37
October 18, 2022
Ep 62: The Take Off - How the Construction Industry can HIRE & RETAIN more Contract Administrators effectively!
Ep 62: The Take Off - How the Construction Industry can HIRE & RETAIN more Contract Administrators effectively!
What you plant now, you will harvest later! 🌱 Mick is back with another episode of The Take-Off ✈️ where he talks about how the construction industry can employ and retain more Contract Administrators effectively.  With the increasing population in Australia comes the need for more housing, commercial buildings, social spaces, and infrastructure. Employment in this industry rose to 1.18 million people in 2019, however, declined in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19. Sector-wise, the value of construction work in the private sector was significantly higher than in the public sector. It's interesting to see how the market has shifted and skilled Contract Administrators are in high demand now compared to a couple of years ago when they were struggling to find employment.  Here's what Mick shares about what construction companies MUST consider when hiring:  Plan Ahead! By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail Clear & define career progression plan in place  It's not just a job advert, it's a dream  Use existing employees' progression path as an example  No CAs in the market. Why not consider a QS? Don't interview, you need to SELL Master your social media. You are what you share!  Build your brand awareness by sponsoring events Meet at a café or pub and build a relationship with your potential hire  Onboarding is an art.  This is an exciting yet super challenging time for the industry. Join Mick every week as he discusses a key challenge the industry is facing, whilst interviewing some of the most successful construction leaders throughout Australia & New Zealand. GEDON™ Advisory - Unearthing the talent that price, design, and deliver complex construction projects throughout Australia and New Zealand. To find out more about what we do, hit the links below! Website: https://www.gedon.com.au/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/81420979/
40:35
October 11, 2022
Ep 61: The Take Off -  It's been a minute
Ep 61: The Take Off - It's been a minute
It is a marathon, not a sprint.  Mick is back (after a year) with a new season starting this week - The Take-Off ✈️ The 2020 Covid-19 pandemic pulled the rug out from almost every business in the world, and the industry had to learn to adjust quickly. Some adjusted well, and the others sadly could not ride the wave. It's been a few years of ups and downs and it's affected us all in different ways.  In this episode Mick shares his story, the move from Australia to NZ, and how Covid disrupted the Recruitment Industry which has allowed him to successfully start his own Specialist Search business that focuses on key Leadership & Technical Appointments across Australia & New Zealand. In this episode Mick discusses a number of key challenges the industry is facing right now from: Talent shortages Supply chain issues Inflation Labour & Materials Costs This is an exciting yet super challenging time for the industry. Join Mick every week as he discusses a key challenge the industry is facing, whilst interviewing some of the most successful construction leaders throughout Australia & New Zealand. GEDON™ Advisory - Unearthing the talent that price, design, and deliver complex construction projects throughout Australia and New Zealand. To find out more about what we do, hit the links below! Website: https://www.gedon.com.au/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/81420979/ Stay tuned for some exciting episodes coming every week! 
18:27
October 04, 2022
Ep 60: 5 Things Construction Companies can do to Boost Retention
Ep 60: 5 Things Construction Companies can do to Boost Retention
This week on MEA$URED. Today on our podcast, we will be talking about how construction companies are currently facing major challenges and what you can do as an employer or contractor in order to hold on to your best people. Giving your people feedback is an excellent way to help them grow and thrive within the organization. You can congratulate them, provide constructive feedback for their improvement, or simply be present as someone who cares about what they're going through. It's critical to not only recognize employees on a regular basis but also to take the time to evaluate how things are going with each individual employee so we know if we need any additional assistance in meeting goals. You're going to have career development in your business. And that might not only be financially or through many different means but also with the vision - getting them excited about what you do and how it benefits their lives. You can set KPIs for these new employees so they know where their goals lie; if one doesn't meet those expectations then stick by the word when giving out promotions because reputation is everything. Making your employees feel like they're a part of something important is the best way to get them on board. Visionaries and innovators who will champion change in the name of progress are needed in the construction industry. The most important aspect of building a great company is not always what you do; it is how your role within that business inspires others to join your cause. Training and development are not just for the corporate world; they're necessary to keep employees engaged. If you want your company successful, it needs people who will stay updated on what's happening within their job function or field of expertise- which means that if any knowledge gaps exist now or ever, there should be some sorta training program in place. Giving your employees salary and bonuses compensation is not something you should take lightly. Employees want stability in order to show up every day at work knowing that their hard work will be rewarded by increased responsibilities or rewards which are fair regarding performance levels already reached. Australia’s only pre-construction recruitment specialist. We make life changing connections. www.franklinsmith.com.au
16:17
October 12, 2021
Ep 59: Doug Vincent, Managing Director @ Mastt, Project Manager turned Construction Entrepreneur on Killing Spreadsheets and Building a $1 Billion Dollar Business!
Ep 59: Doug Vincent, Managing Director @ Mastt, Project Manager turned Construction Entrepreneur on Killing Spreadsheets and Building a $1 Billion Dollar Business!
This week on MEA$URED with Mick Donaghy, we’re joined by Doug Vincent. He is the Managing Director at Mastt - a construction technology startup that's revolutionizing digital management for projects globally with their cloud enterprise solution serving billions worth in projects and programs to clients such as Australia’s Army or Jacobs & RPS Group. The company's mission statement is to kill spreadsheets and digitise the construction industry. By providing project owners, a portfolio management system can deliver projects faster with less risk. As the first Tech Entrepreneur on the podcast, Doug shares how he and his co workers have created a software that transforms upstream project management reporting. It was an absolute pleasure to speak with Doug who has a huge passion for the construction industry and the innovation currently transforming the businesses that work within it.  Doug has a huge vision, and the growth that the company has experienced over the last 2 years is nothing short of breath taking. We watch with open eyes on MASTT becoming the next big thing in the construction tech space! Built Better! https://www.linkedin.com/company/mastt http://www.mastt.com.au https://www.linkedin.com/in/vincentdoug
45:49
October 05, 2021
Ep 58: Mikael Heinonen, Qualified Quantity Surveyor and Co-founder of Collabaloop, On How Multiculturalism and Collaboration Enhance Productivity in the Construction Industry
Ep 58: Mikael Heinonen, Qualified Quantity Surveyor and Co-founder of Collabaloop, On How Multiculturalism and Collaboration Enhance Productivity in the Construction Industry
Today's episode of MEA$URED with Mick Donaghy features an interview with Mikael Heinonen, a qualified quantity surveyor and co-founder of Collabaloop, a construction technology startup with a mission to incrementally transform the culture within the construction industry. As well, he is also the chief enabler of the build better network and someone with experience working for consultancies, main contractors, and large mining organizations. He introduces himself to the people, what he's up to at present and his plans for this industry. He tells us about how he first got into the field of quantity surveying and why it was such an appealing profession for him. He also talks a bit about his background with consultancy work, then contractor side jobs as well, in total there are different types of perspectives. In this interview with him, he tells the story of how he got his Viking helmet, a prestigious position as a quantity surveyor. Mikael shares his journey from being in a well-paying, stable position to starting something new and different. He talks about the challenges that come with building an entirely new company as opposed to incremental growth at your current job; how it is important for entrepreneurs not only to be good business people but also to know their limitations because you cannot do everything yourself! He goes into great detail on what led him here today; how many factors were involved including going back through MBA. Looking inward, self-analysis was really helpful too when understanding some things better himself rather than just relying on. In this episode, Mikael discusses innovation in the construction industry, that collaboration is a big part of what you want to achieve with the color blue. He tells the reason why he focuses on apprentices and how they need support otherwise it’s pointless. Employers should create a healthy workplace culture that people want to turn up each day and give their best. This goes a long way in terms of doing what you need for success, so it's important. There's a lot of evidence out there to show that diversity is good for business. It increases creativity and innovation, as well as productivity. It’s one way to stay ahead in today’s competitive landscape. Having diverse cultures with an emphasis on unity and strong female leadership will do wonders too. Understanding what makes a project successful. And one way that we do this is by measuring those critical aspects of projects like how well they are going, and if there's anything not working correctly too as it relates to psychological safety within an organization which all have big impacts on whether or not people feel comfortable speaking up with their ideas when needed most. The quantity surveyor is becoming more and more dominant in today's work environment. This should not surprise anyone; after all, it was their job to make sure that nothing goes wrong with the project at hand. It would help everyone if they could keep this up-to-date perspective on themselves by looking for ways of improvement where possible. Reinforcing positive culture within the construction industry. https://au.linkedin.com/in/mikael-heinonen
36:38
September 28, 2021
Ep 57: Michael Manikas, General Manager of DLG Shape & Former CEO of the AIQS discussing Indigenous Engagement in Construction & Surveying
Ep 57: Michael Manikas, General Manager of DLG Shape & Former CEO of the AIQS discussing Indigenous Engagement in Construction & Surveying
This episode of MEA$URED with Mick Donaghy features Michael Manikas, the general manager and majority owner at Australia-based business DLG Shape. The company provides construction fit-out and refurbishment services across all sectors for both private clients as well as government organizations across Australia - and they're an Aboriginal-owned enterprise! In fact, he is a qualified quantity surveyor and the former CEO of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors. In this podcast, Michael shares his experience working both for tier-one contractors and consultancies. He is deeply committed to helping out in the construction industry by engaging more Aboriginal indigenous groups with relevant skill sets who would like a chance at success onsite - Australia currently has an imbalance in this space that majorly needs attention. Michael’s message of unity was one I found inspiring. Not only did he have a burning desire to empower the Indigenous community, but also his humility and selflessness towards all First Nations people is something we should take note of as an industry. Michael talks about why he became a quantity surveyor, where he grew up, and how someone in his family has been involved in the construction industry. He also shares some of the interesting people he met along this journey. Michael discusses his struggles through his early career and anything that was a little harder to come. To get comfortable working for the builder, he had learned or do something in order to be into mindset; it made sense at this point of time when going into the CEO role with a prestigious company where diversity is a key element. Michaels’s strengths lie in how well he gets along with people. He talks about his current position in DLG and his responsibility there as per real vision regarding aboriginal communities. He wants to inspire more Aboriginal people and others from indigenous backgrounds. As someone who's seen first-hand how the construction industry has helped build community with pride, he knows that there are many opportunities out in this field for those seeking them. There is nothing like a person's touch to leave an industry behind Michael quote “And if I can help some of them in some way, I feel like I've left the industry in this place a bit of person.” Get in Touch! https://www.dlgshape.com.au/
50:34
September 21, 2021
Ep 56: Alex Baly, Founder of Built Brisbane, on the Latest Construction Development Projects in Brisbane
Ep 56: Alex Baly, Founder of Built Brisbane, on the Latest Construction Development Projects in Brisbane
This week on MEA$URED, we welcome Alexander Baly, founder of Built Brisbane, a extremely popular blog sharing the latest construction and development news for South East Queensland. Do you know those people who seem to just appear out of nowhere? Well, for Brisbane born and bred, Alex Baly,  we'll explore what may have been one such case. On his uni break, which lasted around a month, he decided that instead of wasting time doing nothing, it might make more sense to put some effort into finding something creative or productive! So with this goal in mind, Alex read up on all the exciting projects happening throughout the city - from architecture through urban planning initiatives - and shared them in Instagram!  Alex is one of these people that just can't help themselves when it comes to Brisbane. He's got an enthusiasm for the city no other! Whether thats the latest building project or something really exciting about the 2032 Olympics - he's sharing his own unique views with loyal followers throughout Linkedin and Instagram which has built up an incredible brand. In this episode, Alex shares his favourite things about Brisbane, how he got started and why he loves development!. In conclusion, he emphasizes that it is important to look at what you already have and to keep going, following your passions will be the key!
32:58
September 14, 2021
Ep 55: Tony Alexander, New Zealand Economist on the Effects of Lockdown to the Construction & Property Industry
Ep 55: Tony Alexander, New Zealand Economist on the Effects of Lockdown to the Construction & Property Industry
On this BONUS episode of MEA$URED  we are joined by Tony Alexander, one of New Zealand's Leading & Most Respected Economists. Tony joins us today to provide a quick 10-minute take on how this lockdown is affecting the New Zealand construction and property industry. In this episode, Tony discusses what the level four lockdown in the New Zealand construction and property industry might mean for those working or relying on the industry. Tony shares how ongoing immigration restrictions and border limitations impact the contractor's ability to build, as well as what this means for New Zealand's economy. He notes that employers may also be able to increase salaries in the future. Additionally, Tony expresses optimism that construction would continue thriving overall throughout New Zealand. Do not miss out Tony's free weekly publication! Go to tonyalexander.nz and get your copy today.
13:17
September 08, 2021
Ep 54: Luisa Panuccio; Engineer, Project Manager & Founder of STEM at Home on the #MeToo movement in Construction & Empowering Future Female Leaders
Ep 54: Luisa Panuccio; Engineer, Project Manager & Founder of STEM at Home on the #MeToo movement in Construction & Empowering Future Female Leaders
In this week's episode of MEA$URED, Mick is accompanied by Luisa Panuccio, a qualified Civil and Architectural Engineer who currently works as a Project Manager on major infrastructure projects in Australia. As such, she's become a role model for Engineer looking to pursue STEM careers. In this episode of the podcast, Luisa shares that in her younger years, she was fascinated by math and science. Her love for these subjects continued to grow throughout her childhood until it developed into a lifelong pursuit of engineering which led her towards becoming one of many female engineers whose presence continues to inspire students today. It was also a pleasure to be joined by Luisa Panuccio, who is working towards eliminating discrimination and harassment that is all too familiar for females face within the construction industry. Luisa is a brave and inspiring engineer who we really enjoyed speaking to! Listen on all platforms today.
43:03
September 07, 2021
Ep 53: Season 3! What’s bloody going on in the Australian Construction Industry?
Ep 53: Season 3! What’s bloody going on in the Australian Construction Industry?
Mick returns with Season 3 of MEA$URED. In this episode, Mick discusses what’s been going on in the construction industry over the last 3 months including Australia's construction industry's challenge of finding new staff due to COVID-19 lockdowns and great resignations. The widespread effect of these two causes 25%-30% turnover in many companies, making it difficult for them to attract new workers. Mick explains that despite the COVID pandemic, Australia's construction industry has seen developments. However, they have been suspended as lockdowns are being implemented again due to rising cases of COVID. Listen to the intro episode of Season 3 today! Mick Donaghy is the Managing Director of Franklin Smith, a specialist construction recruitment agency based on the Eastern Coast of Australia. To find out more about Franklin Smith; view the website www.franklinsmith.com.au.
35:17
August 31, 2021
Ep 52: End of Season 2, Australian Market Update & Plans for the Future of the Podcast
Ep 52: End of Season 2, Australian Market Update & Plans for the Future of the Podcast
On this episode, Mick rounds off season 2 by providing an Australian construction market update. Mick talks everything from employment, opportunities, what sectors are showing tangible signs of growth and how you can take advantage of a burgeoning market in your career.  Mick also shares his vision for the podcast and how he's seeking to make the podcast a genuine snapshot for all things construction in Australia from stories of successful entrepreneurs and leaders to the struggling unemployed and overlooked.  Listen to the final episode of Season 2 today! Mick Donaghy is the Managing Director of Franklin Smith, a specialist construction recruitment agency based in the Eastern Coast of Australia. To find out more about Franklin Smith; view the website www.franklinsmith.com.au
20:38
May 18, 2021
Ep 51: Alex Johnson & Tom Moore of Sydney Construction Management Company; Building Guild.
Ep 51: Alex Johnson & Tom Moore of Sydney Construction Management Company; Building Guild.
On the most recent episode of MEA$URED, Mick is joined by Alex Johnson and Tom Moore of Building Guild. Building Guild, a Sydney Based Construction company, have been delivering and crafting transformative environments for their discerning clients for over a decade. In this episode of the podcast Alex, the MD of Building Guild, discusses founding the business from humble beginnings, developing a leading culture and creating a brand and vision that identifies with tradition and the fundamentals of a great business relationship within construction. It was also a pleasure to be joined by Tom, Building Guild’s GM, who offers his unique perspective from immigrating to Sydney from the UK and working his way up through the company from Site Foreman to General Manager. This was an awesome episode where we where fortunate enough to be joined by two humble, down to earth blokes who just love construction, their team and delivering amazing results for their clients. It was a breath of fresh air to be chatting to these two gents about the day to day on goings of the construction industry. It really comes across in their energy, passion and enthusiasm for what they day every day and it was a great pleasure to be joined by two great characters the Sydney construction market is lucky to have. Links to Building Guild & Social profiles below. http://buildingguild.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-johnson-5b61b444/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-moore-768a09184/ Franklin Smith is a Construction Recruitment Agency specialising in representing top tier talent across the Commercial Residential and Infrastructure Construction Markets throughout Sydney and Brisbane.
54:36
May 04, 2021
Ep 50: Noor Shaik; Project Manager, Design Manager, Burj Khalifa Hall of Famer #MEETDONTDELETE
Ep 50: Noor Shaik; Project Manager, Design Manager, Burj Khalifa Hall of Famer #MEETDONTDELETE
On episode 50 of MEA$URED we are joined by Noor Shaik. #MEETDONTDELETE Noor has over 15 years experience working in the construction industry establishing herself as a leading Project and Design Manager on multi faceted, internationally recognised Health & Commercial Projects. She's has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Hall of Famer on the world's largest building; The Burj Khalifa in Dubai.  Noor immigrated to Australia in 2019 to provide more opportunities for her children however unfortunately she arrived only a few months before the Covid Pandemic and has struggled to find work with the majority of companies telling her that her lack of local experience is a big issue.  Noor has permanent residency in Australia, she lives in Sydney with her two children and is seeking work in Project or Design Management.  When it comes to complex healthcare or major commercial buildings, I believe Noor would be an asset to any team. She's only worked for 3 companies in her life and has never had to interview at one, because she's always had a recommendation from a former employer to hire her.  I have outlined the link to Noor's linkedin below.  If you have an opportunity, I would recommend to MEET HER, DONT DELETE HER. She's a brilliant professional, a humble team player and someone who will put the project, client and company before herself. Noor Shaik Franklin Smith is a Construction Recruitment Agency. Check out our latest jobs in Estimating, Design and Quantity Surveying here.
42:42
April 13, 2021
Ep 49: CANDIDATE SPOTLIGHT; Hani Mahmoud; Qualified Civil Engineer by Engineers Australia , Australian PR, 15 years Experience who has Applied to Over 100 jobs and has not been given a Chance!!!
Ep 49: CANDIDATE SPOTLIGHT; Hani Mahmoud; Qualified Civil Engineer by Engineers Australia , Australian PR, 15 years Experience who has Applied to Over 100 jobs and has not been given a Chance!!!
On this episode of MEA$URED Mick shines light on some of the talented migrants we have living in Australia who aren't given a chance by Australian companies due to a lack of local experience.  Although we are facing one of the biggest resource shortages in many years, Candidates like Hani Mahmoud, a qualified civil engineer, who is professionally recognised by Engineers Australia, cannot get a foot through the door of any local companies. Hani is an Australian Permanent Resident, he has 15 years experience on major infrastructure, roads, highways and drainage projects. His kids go to Australian schools and he pays Australian taxes.  Hani has applied to over 100 jobs. He has barely received feedback from a hiring manager or recruiter. No local experience = no good.  Whilst many local companies struggle to find qualified people to join their business, Hani and thousands of other qualified Migrants are becoming disillusioned by the job market in Australia and will likely return to their home countries or retrain and enter a new market.  They aren't here to apply for Job Seeker, they are here to work, improve their lives for their families and to add value to Australia. In in my opinion giving candidates like Hani a blanket rejection without even meeting them is not good enough; we must change our mindset or get ready for the unavoidable brain drain Australia is likely to experience in years to come.  To connect with Hani, please reach out out to him via linkedin  https://www.linkedin.com/in/hani-mahmoud-10/ To view some of the jobs Franklin Smith are recruiting for check out our website: https://franklinsmith.com.au/ To connect with Mick further, catch him on Linkedin; https://www.linkedin.com/in/mick-donaghy-b722287b/
35:04
April 06, 2021
Ep 48: Joe Fusca; Co-Founder and Managing Director at Graphite Projects
Ep 48: Joe Fusca; Co-Founder and Managing Director at Graphite Projects
Mick sits down with Joe Fusca, Managing Director at Graphite Projects. Joe tells the story of how he and his co-founders took Graphite from their first project, (one they did in exchange for parking spaces in Sydney) growing it to become one of Australia's most respected high end fitout and refurbishment specialists.  Joe is generous with his experience, sharing how he transitioned without a formal degree from a secure job in aviation, coming up through the ranks of construction in his 30s. Given Joe's versatile path, this is an episode for anyone at a "fork in the road" in their career.  Joe is candid, personal and informative in this episode. Not only do Mick and Joe reflect on his career, they discuss the reasons he keeps going, with reflections on mental health in the construction industry.  Joe is an inspiring leader there are many lessons to learn from this episode; the benefits of taking calculated risks, of choosing good business partners and in what Joe wishes was different about the industry he loves.  MEA$SURED is a podcast of Franklin Smith, a specialist construction recruitment agency. Franklin Smith recruits for specialist, hard to fill roles throughout the built environment. To connect with Mick further, take this link to LinkedIn. To connect with Joe, take this link.  Please remember to follow Franklin Smith Australia on LinkedIn, share the episode with a friend or give this episode 5 stars on your favourite platform. The more listeners we have on the show, the better the guests we can invite on to improve the content we produce for you!
53:20
March 30, 2021
Ep 47: Solo Episode; Tackling the Talent Shortage, Getting a Job With No Experience & Tips for Immigrating to Australia
Ep 47: Solo Episode; Tackling the Talent Shortage, Getting a Job With No Experience & Tips for Immigrating to Australia
On episode 47 of MEA$URED Mick answers your questions regarding the talent crisis that Australia is currently facing, how you can get experience when companies aren't willing to give you experience and tips of immigrating to Australia and New Zealand as a Quantity Surveyor, Estimator or Project Manager.  MEA$URED is a podcast of Franklin Smith, a specialist construction recruitment agency that recruits specialist hard to fill roles throughout the Built Environment.  To connect with Mick further hit this link or to view more information on Franklin Smith, view our website here. Please remember to follow us on Linkedin, share the episode with a friend and give us a 5 Star Rating on Apple Podcasts. The more listeners we have on the show, the better the guests and better the content we can bring to you!
33:59
March 23, 2021
Episode 46: Jack Hutchinson, Future Chairman of Australia's Largest Privately Owned Construction Business; Hutchinson Builders
Episode 46: Jack Hutchinson, Future Chairman of Australia's Largest Privately Owned Construction Business; Hutchinson Builders
Mick talks to fifth generation Hutchinson, "Jack V" of historic Australian construction firm Hutchinson builders. Jack is Associate Director of the business and will one day take over from his Dad, Scott Hutchinson, as Chairman of the Business. Jack and Mick enjoy a candid conversation including what its like to grow up a Hutchinson, the value of an MBA and the merits of the unique company structure at Hutchinson.  This was our first "live/in person" recording, we hope to keep improving them as the show develops. After sharing a few hours and a couples of beers with Jack, one thing was for sure; we were blown away by Jack's gratitude, his humility and how down to earth he is. We really enjoyed getting to know him a bit better and finding out more about Hutchies today, tomorrow and years from now. To connect with Jack further; please use the link here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-hutchinson-b5b52280/
01:20:20
March 16, 2021
Episode 45: International Women's Day Special: Women in Construction in Australia.
Episode 45: International Women's Day Special: Women in Construction in Australia.
In recognition of International Women's Day 2021, we revisit Mea$ured conversations with women in construction in Australia. The guests are leaders at global construction firms in Australia. In this episode the guests discuss women's experience of the construction industry, positive and negative. Because these leaders bring a combined 100+ years of experience to the table, they focus a lot on how things have changed over time, for better or for worse. Plenty of takeaways here, the leaders talk about participation in women's organisations, career options and increasing female participation throughout the industry. Introducing the guests and their introduction times: Sheree Taylor (0.54): Queensland Specification Manager of Bluescope Steel. Debbie Marsh (9.19): Senior Quantity Surveyor and Board Member at AIQS. Louise Vlatko (17.50): Co-founder at Xmiris. Fellow at RICS and AIQS. Tara Barnes (19.04): Commercial manager and advocate for women and indigenous people in construction. Fiona Doherty (23.53): Director at Rider Levett Bucknall and NAWIC. Mick is Managing Director at Franklin Smith Australia which is committed to playing its part in creating an equitable construction industry as a construction recruitment agency working to place women in construction in Australia. Are you an employer or candidate, get in touch with us today!
35:49
March 13, 2021
Episode 44: Fiona Doherty on Career Clinic
Episode 44: Fiona Doherty on Career Clinic
Fiona Doherty talks to Mick about the importance of "having a plan" for your career.  If you are looking to break in to the world of construction or are seeking your next career move, contact Construction Recruitment Agency Franklin Smith Australia. 
04:25
March 04, 2021
Episode 43: Fiona Doherty, Director at Rider Levett Bucknall and NAWIC ACT on her Pursuit for Gender Equity within the Construction Industry!
Episode 43: Fiona Doherty, Director at Rider Levett Bucknall and NAWIC ACT on her Pursuit for Gender Equity within the Construction Industry!
Fiona Doherty brings 30 years international Quantity Surveying experience to the show. Fiona is a Director at Rider Levett Bucknall, a global leader in Cost Consultancy. She is a national board member for the National Association of Women in Construction.   Fiona joins Mick for an expansive conversation. Fiona came up through the ranks in the UK with experience in Singapore and a booming Sydney in 1998 before coming to Canberra where she currently lives.  Together, the pair discuss her career to date. Fiona tells us what drives her, how she has found career fulfilment, the importance of a career plan and what she looks for in a new hire. Fiona talks about the NAWIC's advocacy work, networking opportunities and gender equity. 
48:14
March 02, 2021
Episode 42: Career Clinic with Sean McGarry; the importance of "expectations" early in your career
Episode 42: Career Clinic with Sean McGarry; the importance of "expectations" early in your career
In this episode of career clinic, Sean shares his perspective on the expectations of young people entering the workforce for the first time.  Sean emphasises a focus on learning - both on the job but also to live within ones means! 
04:50
February 25, 2021
Episode 41: Sean Mc Garry On Establishing and Growing a Quantity Surveying firm within the Mining & Resources Industries
Episode 41: Sean Mc Garry On Establishing and Growing a Quantity Surveying firm within the Mining & Resources Industries
On this episode of Measured with Mick Donaghy, Mick is joined by Sean McGarry. Sean is the Managing Director of McGarry & Associates, a specialist quantity surveying consultancy based out of Perth, Western Australia. Sean's firm focuses on the mining and resources industries. In 1996 Sean set up his own practice and from humble beginnings and has grown it into one of the most respected specialist quantity surveying consulting practices in Australia. Sean has a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying from the renowned Trinity College in Dublin. He has experience working with PQS firms and Tier 1 Construction businesses like Leighton Contractors working on a range of commercial, civil and resourcing projects throughout Australia. In this episode Sean gives his unique perspective on success, what it was like starting his own business and what a QS actually does in the mining industry. To connect with Sean, hit the link below! https://www.linkedin.com/in/seanmcgarry1101/
36:14
February 23, 2021
Ep 40: Matthew Mackey on Career Clinic; Why GRADUATES should BUILD Networks to facilitate Success!
Ep 40: Matthew Mackey on Career Clinic; Why GRADUATES should BUILD Networks to facilitate Success!
On this episode of The Career Clinic, Mick leaves it to the Construction Professionals to offer advice on how they can make it in the world of construction. The career clinic is a mini episode of MEA$URED , where Mick & various Industry Professionals give advice to Graduates and Entry Level Candidates as well as those who may have been negatively affected by Covid19. Each episode will discuss something that you can do in order to stand out from the crowd, or give you a better opportunity to land that next job! If you would like to connect with Mick further, please click the link attached: shorturl.at/aMNW5
04:60
February 18, 2021
Ep 39: Matthew Mackey, National Director for Cost & Commercial at Arcadis discussing Quantity Surveying in Australia, Shifting Mindset, Networking & Building a High Performing Culture
Ep 39: Matthew Mackey, National Director for Cost & Commercial at Arcadis discussing Quantity Surveying in Australia, Shifting Mindset, Networking & Building a High Performing Culture
Matthew is the National Director for Cost & Commercial at Arcadis, a global design, engineering and management company. With over 25 years Quantity Surveying experience throughout the UK and Australia, Matthew is a QS, A Founder, A Mentor, A Prominent Voice in the Quantity Surveying & Construction Space and a Connector of People, having founded the Brisbane Property Leaders Networking group nearly 10 years ago. Alongside all of this, Matthew is also a Committee Member for Infrastructure for the PCA as well as being an active member of the Engagement Team for QLD & NT for the RICS. In this episode we discuss everything from the State of Construction, Quantity Surveying in Australia, Finding Balance, Building High Performing Teams and much, much more.  To connect with Matthew, click on the link below: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattmackey/
58:08
February 16, 2021
Ep 38: Career Clinic: David Madden on how working Part Time and Studying Part Time is the Key to Success for Young Professionals
Ep 38: Career Clinic: David Madden on how working Part Time and Studying Part Time is the Key to Success for Young Professionals
On this episode of The Career Clinic, Mick leaves it to the Construction Professionals to offer advice on how they can make it in the world of construction. The career clinic is a mini episode of MEA$URED , where Mick & various Industry Professionals give advice to Graduates and Entry Level Candidates as well as those who may have been negatively affected by Covid19. Each episode will discuss something that you can do in order to stand out from the crowd, or give you a better opportunity to land that next job! If you would like to connect with Mick further, please click the link attached: shorturl.at/aMNW5
04:15
February 11, 2021
Ep 37: David Madden, Founder of MBM, on growing Quantity Surveying Practice from 4 staff to over 100 employees throughout Australia
Ep 37: David Madden, Founder of MBM, on growing Quantity Surveying Practice from 4 staff to over 100 employees throughout Australia
This was one of my favourite episodes to date; David Madden, Co Founder and Director of MBM, one of the largest privately owned Quantity Surveying firms in Australia showcases how he took the business, with help from others, from 4 staff to over 100 and how they have stayed relevant and competitive in their 19 years in business.  This episode is packed full of value for budding quantity surveyors, estimators and anyone else currently working in the construction industry who would classify themselves as "entrepreneurial". I found David to be humble, generous and always discussing his teams achievements other than his.  It was a pleasure to have David on the show and we really hope you enjoy it! To connect with David Further, connect via the link below: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidmadden1/
54:49
February 09, 2021
Ep 36; Lee Lambert, Career Advice and How to LAND A JOB as a Graduate (A freshened up Career Clinic!)
Ep 36; Lee Lambert, Career Advice and How to LAND A JOB as a Graduate (A freshened up Career Clinic!)
On this episode of The Career Clinic, Mick leaves it to the Construction Professionals to offer advice on how they can make it in the world of construction.  The career clinic is a mini episode of MEA$URED , where Mick & various Industry Professionals give advice to Graduates and Entry Level Candidates as well as those who may have been negatively affected by Covid19. Each episode will discuss something that you can do in order to stand out from the crowd, or give you a better opportunity to land that next job! If you would like to connect with Mick further, please click the link attached: shorturl.at/aMNW5
05:53
February 04, 2021
Ep 35: Lee Lambert; Bid Manager, Estimating Manager and Business Development Manager on transitioning from working on Site to Leading Multi Million Dollar Infrastructure & Construction Tenders
Ep 35: Lee Lambert; Bid Manager, Estimating Manager and Business Development Manager on transitioning from working on Site to Leading Multi Million Dollar Infrastructure & Construction Tenders
On this first episode of season 2 of MEA$URED with Mick Donaghy, we are joined by Lee Lambert. Lee is current the Bid & Business Development Manager of GCB Constructions. Before this, Lee held senior level Estimating Management & Estimating Positions with International Construction Contractors such as McConnell Dowell and John Holland. Growing up in Northern England, Lee has experienced working his way up through the industry from Site Supervision to running jobs Multi Million Dollar Jobs. A former employer spotted Lee’s charismatic communication skills and dragged him into the front end of the business where he has been ever since, he is one of the few construction professionals that has made it on both Civil Infrastructure and Commercial Construction. I really hope you enjoy this episode. If you’d like to connect further with Lee connect with his Linkedin via below; https://www.linkedin.com/in/lee-lambert-8a550521/
43:01
February 02, 2021
Ep 34: End of Season 1, The 5 Things I've Learnt This Year & What's Next for the Show
Ep 34: End of Season 1, The 5 Things I've Learnt This Year & What's Next for the Show
The final episode of season 1 of Made to Measure. The 5 thing's Mick has learnt this year and what's next for the podcast including a rebrand of the show.  Seasons greetings and happy new year to all the listeners out there, it's been an amazing few months and we can't wait to bring you some more leading interviews and content from Quantity Surveying & Estimating Professionals throughout the world. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mick-donaghy-b722287b/
17:46
December 15, 2020
Ep 33: Career Clinic: The END of the Career Clinic & Final Message
Ep 33: Career Clinic: The END of the Career Clinic & Final Message
On this episode of The Career Clinic, Mick discusses the Career Clinic coming to an end and what you can expect next from the Podcast. Also a final message of inspiration for the listeners out there! The career clinic is a mini episode of Made to Measure, where Mick offers advice to Graduates and Entry Level Candidates as well as those who may have been negatively affected by Covid19. Each episode will discuss something that you can do in order to stand out from the crowd, or give you a better opportunity to land that next job! If you would like to connect with Mick further, please click the link attached: shorturl.at/aMNW5
07:32
December 08, 2020
Ep 32: Louise Vlatko FRICS FAIQS; Director, Co-Founder, Quantity Surveyor and Internationally Recognised Management Consultant
Ep 32: Louise Vlatko FRICS FAIQS; Director, Co-Founder, Quantity Surveyor and Internationally Recognised Management Consultant
On this episode of Made to Measure – we are joined by Louise Vlatko. Louise is a highly regarded transformational leader, director and co founder with over 25 years construction experience delivering multi faceted projects throughout Asia, Europe, Brazil, Middle East and Australia. Hailing from a Quantity Surveying background, Louise has worked on some of the most complex sporting events in recent history including the Olympic Games, European Games and FIFA World Cup in Qatar… just to name a few. Louise is also a fellow of the RICS and AIQS and in additional was the first female Director in the AIQS’s history. Louise is also the co founder of Xmirus, a leading management consultancy based in Sydney working on projects in Property, Infrastructure, Construction & Events throughout Australia and Internationally. Louise is business leader and a true pioneer within our industry who’s inspirational trail blazing has stemmed the way for many QS’s to follow in her footsteps. We’re incredibly proud to have Louise on this weeks show. We really hope you enjoy it. https://www.linkedin.com/in/louise-vlatko-jp-frics-faiqs-emba-35270a19/
51:22
December 08, 2020
Ep 31: Career Clinic; The Advantages of being an Immigrant
Ep 31: Career Clinic; The Advantages of being an Immigrant
On this episode of The Career Clinic, Mick discusses how you can use your international experience and "immigrant" status to your advantage in your job search. The career clinic is a mini episode of Made to Measure, where Mick offers advice to Graduates and Entry Level Candidates as well as those who may have been negatively affected by Covid19. Each episode will discuss something that you can do in order to stand out from the crowd, or give you a better opportunity to land that next job! If you would like to connect with Mick further, please click the link attached: shorturl.at/aMNW5
08:60
December 01, 2020
Ep 30; Michael MacCulloch, Senior Director of JLL on utilizing your Communication Skills to Become a Great Leader!
Ep 30; Michael MacCulloch, Senior Director of JLL on utilizing your Communication Skills to Become a Great Leader!
On this Episode of Made to Measure we are joined by Michael MacCulloch. Michael is a Chartered Client Side Project Manager and currently the Senior Director of Johns Lang La Salle also known as JLL , a global commercial real estate company. Based in Canberra Michael has experience leading highly complex infrastructure & building projects throughout the UK and Australia. In 2019 Michael was awarded the Construction Professional of the year award by the RICS as well as the Project Management team of the Year. Michael has been involved in various sub sectors of the industry including Defence, Aviation, Commercial, Education, Retail,  Residential and many, many more. Alongside his work Michael is highly involved in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors where he sits on the local committee and is an APC Assessor. It was great to have Michael on the show, this is a real gem if you’re interested in professional development, becoming the best version of yourself and finding out what it takes to grow within your career. To connect with Michael, follow the link here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-macculloch-mrics-fiml-62b22a5/
37:30
December 01, 2020
Ep 29: Career Clinic: The Power of Networking
Ep 29: Career Clinic: The Power of Networking
On this episode of The Career Clinic, Mick discusses the power of networking effectively and how it has the potential to impact your life both personally and professionally. The career clinic is a mini episode of Made to Measure, where Mick offers advice to Graduates and Entry Level Candidates as well as those who may have been negatively affected by Covid19. Each episode will discuss something that you can do in order to stand out from the crowd, or give you a better opportunity to land that next job! If you would like to connect with Mick further, please click the link attached: shorturl.at/aMNW5
07:31
November 26, 2020
Ep 28: Friska Wirya; Building Resilience, Disrupting the Norm & Changing Work Place Culture
Ep 28: Friska Wirya; Building Resilience, Disrupting the Norm & Changing Work Place Culture
On this episode of Made to Measure we are joined by Friska Wirya Friska is the founder of Fresh by Friska, a leading digital change management consultancy based in Sydney, Australia. Friska is a powerhouse within the world of change management. She has a significant proven track record in senior change management roles such as Head of Change and & Transformation Lead for global ASX listed mining companies and international engineering business. In this episode Friska discusses the role change management is having in construction & heavy industry and how integral change is to the success of a business. She specialises in disrupting organisations without being disruptive. Don’t we all need a bit of that in todays market? I really loved this episode, it brought a totally different perspective to this podcast and I’m certain you’ll get some value from Friska’s unique perspective on the industry I really hope you enjoy it. To connect with Friska; connect here https://www.linkedin.com/in/friska/
24:30
November 24, 2020
Ep 27: Career Clinic; Keep doing the calls!
Ep 27: Career Clinic; Keep doing the calls!
On this episode of The Career Clinic, Mick discusses the importance of showing up everyday and doing the work and how you will achieve your dream results if you put in the consistent effort towards success. The career clinic is a mini episode of Made to Measure, where Mick offers advice to Graduates and Entry Level Candidates as well as those who may have been negatively affected by Covid19. Each episode will discuss something that you can do in order to stand out from the crowd, or give you a better opportunity to land that next job! If you would like to connect with Mick further, please click the link attached: shorturl.at/aMNW5
06:28
November 17, 2020
Ep 26: Elinor Moshe; Author, Speaker, Thought Leader & Founder of The Construction Coach
Ep 26: Elinor Moshe; Author, Speaker, Thought Leader & Founder of The Construction Coach
On this episode of made to measure, we are joined by Elinor Moshe. Elinor is one of the stand out symbols within the Australian Construction Industry. She is a best selling author The founder of the construction coach A highly successful podcast host with one of the leading career podcasts in Australia A writer and speaker featured in Yahoo Finance, Australian National Construction Review, The Property Council of Australias Top 500 Women in Property and much, much more. On this episode Elinor and myself dive deep into the topic of Personal Branding. I find it incredibly interesting to see the brand that Elinor has developed over the last few years and the insights and information she presents in this podcast really cut through the grey and make it clear how construction professionals can break off the shackles and develop a meaningful brand personal to their cause and concerns. If you are working in the construction sector and you’re seeking advice on how you can stand out from the noise and become a beacon of hope and knowledge, this is the podcast for you. I really hope you enjoy it. To connect with Elinor on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elinor-moshe/
40:58
November 17, 2020
Ep 25: Career Clinic, How Video & Referencing Can Change the Game
Ep 25: Career Clinic, How Video & Referencing Can Change the Game
On this episode of The Career Clinic, Mick discusses the impact of Video Presentations & Prerecorded References are having on turning job applications into hard dollar offers. The career clinic is a mini episode of Made to Measure, where Mick offers advice to Graduates and Entry Level Candidates as well as those who may have been negatively affected by Covid19. Each episode will discuss something that you can do in order to stand out from the crowd, or give you a better opportunity to land that next job! If you would like to connect with Mick further, please click the link attached: shorturl.at/aMNW5
04:57
November 10, 2020
Ep 24: Debbie Marsh, Senior Quantity Surveyor & Director of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
Ep 24: Debbie Marsh, Senior Quantity Surveyor & Director of the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
On this episode of Made to Measure, I am joined by Debbie Marsh. Debbie is a Qualified Quantity Surveyor and Estimator and has around 25 years experience in the construction industry having worked for various PQS consultancies as well as builders. She is on the board of directors for the AIQS and was the first female state president of the organisation in Australia. Debbie has experience across the entire life cycle of construction including QSing, Design Management, Estimating, Contract Admin and Project Management. On the episode we walk about Debbie’s journey from the London to Adelaide, what it’s like working for a PQS compared to a contractor and how we can promote more diversity within the industry. I really hope you enjoy the episode. https://www.linkedin.com/in/debbie-marsh-maiqs-cqs-4aa34623/
48:38
November 10, 2020
Ep 23: Career Clinic: The Art & Science of Commenting on Social Media!
Ep 23: Career Clinic: The Art & Science of Commenting on Social Media!
On this episode of The Career Clinic, Mick discusses the impact of writing clever comments on a consistent basis on social media can totally change your job prospects. The career clinic is a mini episode of Made to Measure, where Mick offers advice to Graduates and Entry Level Candidates as well as those who may have been negatively affected by Covid19. Each episode will discuss something that you can do in order to stand out from the crowd, or give you a better opportunity to land that next job! If you would like to connect with Mick further, please click the link attached: shorturl.at/aMNW5
05:43
November 03, 2020
Ep 22: Tara Barnes; Commercial Manager & Advocate for Women and Indigenous in Construction
Ep 22: Tara Barnes; Commercial Manager & Advocate for Women and Indigenous in Construction
On this episode of made to measure we are joined by Tara Barnes. Tara is Commercial Manager on one of the largest construction projects in Australia. Having studied a Bachelor of Law at Griffith University and after a career in the corporate world, Tara found herself in the dust and dirt, working in a huge mine site in Western Australia during the mining boom in 2012. This is an incredibly inspiring episode and I found myself feeling energised and motivated listening to Tara’s story as she is also an Indigenous Australian Female and she spend a lot of time and effort promoting work place diversity and inclusion within the Construction, Mining & Heavy Industries sector. As an Irish man, it was so inspiring to hear Tara’s story of finding out about her Australian indigenous heritage and how this has helped shape her purpose, life and career moving forward. It was also incredibly inspiring to talk to someone with so much passion and zest for the industry, I know this will motivate and encourage so man people in the sector. I really hope you enjoy the episode. To connect with Tara, click her linkedin profile below: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tara-barnes-jp-qual-qld-llb-76a56352/
56:01
November 03, 2020
Ep 21: Career Clinic: The Linkedin Hack that will GUARANTEE you a job!!
Ep 21: Career Clinic: The Linkedin Hack that will GUARANTEE you a job!!
On this episode of The Career Clinic, Mick discusses a Linkedin Hack that will land you your next job guaranteed!! The career clinic is a mini episode of Made to Measure, where Mick offers advice to Graduates and Entry Level Candidates as well as those who may have been negatively affected by Covid19. Each episode will discuss something that you can do in order to stand out from the crowd, or give you a better opportunity to land that next job! If you would like to connect with Mick further, please click the link attached: shorturl.at/aMNW5
16:24
October 27, 2020
Ep: 20: Aleks Gorgieva, Award Winning Senior Project Manager discussing Disruption & Tech in Construction
Ep: 20: Aleks Gorgieva, Award Winning Senior Project Manager discussing Disruption & Tech in Construction
On this episode of Made to Measure, we are joined by Aleks Gorgieva. Aleks is currently a Senior Project Manager with Savills, one of the worlds leading property and project management companies globally. Aleks studied a Bachelor of Civil Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney and has went on to work for some of the leading Tier 1 Commercial Construction Companies such as Watpac and Mirvac as well Client Side Organisations. In this episode we discuss; What it takes to become an Award Winning Project Manager, what differences you can expect working as a client side PM compared to working with a contractor and how collaboration and tech is likely to disrupt the industry and project management in the years to come. This was a fantastic episode, to connect with Aleks further click the link below:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/aleksandra-gorgieva-a5968385/
39:54
October 27, 2020
Ep: 19: Career Clinic LIVE with Sascha Frost; Design Manager, Mentor & Member of Property Council Committee
Ep: 19: Career Clinic LIVE with Sascha Frost; Design Manager, Mentor & Member of Property Council Committee
On this episode of The Career Clinic, we are joined by Sascha Frost,  Sascha has completed a degree in Architecture combined with 20 years of Design Management experience with Developers & Main Contractors throughout South Australia. On this episode, Sascha and Mick discuss the strategies and tactics we can utilise now to get the jobs we want, with the companies we want even during a pandemic.  To connect with Sascha, connect with her on Linkedin here: shorturl.at/opszI The career clinic is a mini episode of Made to Measure, where Mick offers advice to Graduates and Entry Level Candidates as well as those who may have been negatively affected by Covid19. Each episode will discuss something that you can do in order to stand out from the crowd, or give you a better opportunity to land that next job! If you would like to connect with Mick further, please click the link attached: shorturl.at/aMNW5
32:47
October 20, 2020
Ep: 18: Irena Kuzman: Associate, Chartered Quantity Surveyor & Chief Technology Officer
Ep: 18: Irena Kuzman: Associate, Chartered Quantity Surveyor & Chief Technology Officer
On this episode of Made to Measure I am joined by the incredible Irena Kuzman. Irena is an Award Winning, Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Studied a bachelor of building & construction economics at University of Technology Sydney. Irena has approaching 20 years experience within the industry where she has spent the majority of her time in the PQS sector, she now works as an Associate & Chief Tech Officer for a Start Up Consultancy in Sydney. Irena has held various successful positions within the AIQS, NAWIC. I really enjoyed this chat with Irena where we spoke about everything from Quantity Surveying, Business Development and John Cleese of all things. This was a really enjoyable episode of Made to Measure and I’m sure so many of you guys out there will take value from Irena’s big personality and expertise within the sector. I really hope you enjoy it. To connect with Irena, check her Linkedin here; shorturl.at/ioMXY
01:03:10
October 20, 2020
Ep 17: The Career Clinic: I need your help! A REQUEST.
Ep 17: The Career Clinic: I need your help! A REQUEST.
On this episode of The Career Clinic, Mick asks for your help to create better material for future episodes!  The career clinic is a mini episode of Made to Measure, where Mick offers advice to Graduates and Entry Level Candidates as well as those who may have been negatively affected by Covid19. Each episode will discuss something that you can do in order to stand out from the crowd, or give you a better opportunity to land that next job! If you would like to connect with Mick further, please click the link attached: shorturl.at/aMNW5
04:51
October 13, 2020
Ep 16: Sheree Taylor; Co Vice President of NAWIC (QLD) and State Specification Manager of BlueScope Steel
Ep 16: Sheree Taylor; Co Vice President of NAWIC (QLD) and State Specification Manager of BlueScope Steel
Sheree is the Queensland Specification Manager of Bluescope Steel, one of only two steel manufacturers in all of Australia. With nearly a decade and a half with the company Sheree discusses how she went from a work experience volunteer to Business Development Manager and now Specification Manager of all Commercial & Civil Construction projects throughout Queensland. Sheree is also the Co Vice President for QLD for the National Association of Women in Construction. We discuss what NAWIC is doing to promote diversity in construction and how everyone in the industry can help make the sector a little bit more equal. I love this episode and I hope you enjoy it too.
35:32
October 13, 2020
Ep 15: The Career Clinic; Nobody Cares, It's Up To YOU!! (UNPOPULAR OPINION)
Ep 15: The Career Clinic; Nobody Cares, It's Up To YOU!! (UNPOPULAR OPINION)
On this episode of The Career Clinic, Mick discusses why you should stop asking for help and instead start making things happen! The career clinic is a mini episode of Made to Measure, where Mick offers advice to Graduates and Entry Level Candidates as well as those who may have been negatively affected by Covid19. Each episode will discuss something that you can do in order to stand out from the crowd, or give you a better opportunity to land that next job! If you would like to connect with Mick further, please click the link attached: shorturl.at/aMNW5
05:41
October 06, 2020
Ep 14: Adwoa Abban, Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Business Owner & PHD Candidate
Ep 14: Adwoa Abban, Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Business Owner & PHD Candidate
On this episode of Made to Measure, we are joined by Adwoa Abban. Adwoa is a Principle Quantity Surveyor, Claims Consultant and Business Owner living in Perth Australia. Adwoa, originally from Ghana, Studied Quantity Surveying at the famous Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh Scotland. She also has an LLM in Construction Law & Arbitration and is currently a PHD Student at Curtin University in Western Australia. Adwoa has experience working as a Quantity Surveyor in Ghana, the UK and Australia across multiple different verticals. It was great to hear her perspective of the various different industries and locations she has worked in as well as gaining her thoughts on professional development and starting a consulting business from scratch. To connect in with Adwoa, use the link below:  shorturl.at/ntALQ
45:39
October 06, 2020
Ep 13: The Career Clinic: Getting a job with NO experience!
Ep 13: The Career Clinic: Getting a job with NO experience!
On this episode of The Career Clinic, Mick discusses the way's you can get a job with NO experience! The career clinic is a mini episode of Made to Measure, where Mick offers advice to Graduates and Entry Level Candidates as well as those who may have been negatively affected by Covid19. Each episode will discuss something that you can do in order to stand out from the crowd, or give you a better opportunity to land that next job! If you would like to connect with Mick further, please click the link attached: shorturl.at/aMNW5
23:60
September 29, 2020
Ep 12: Kate Hannaford, New Business Manager, Coach, Strategist & Change Agent
Ep 12: Kate Hannaford, New Business Manager, Coach, Strategist & Change Agent
On this episode of Made to Measure we are joined by Kate Hannaford. Kate is a powerhouse in the world of Business Development, Marketing & Strategy throughout the Construction & Design Sectors. Currently Kate is the New Business Manager of John Holland, a Tier 1 International Main Contractor and previously Head of Business Strategy for Watpac. Not to mention senior level roles with house hold names such as St Hillier's & Schiavello. In this episode Kate shed light how to build a network, how to establish relationships and how to develop and maintain winning business. As well as her role in Construction Kate is also a sponsor for 500 Women in Property as well as a Coach, Strategist & Change Agent. I honestly felt that Kate was so insightful and I’m certain that if you work in the construction or design industries, that you’ll get value from this episode. I really hope you enjoy it. To connect with Kate, use the Link below. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-hannaford-4606769/
39:53
September 29, 2020
Ep 11: The Career Clinic: How to Transition your Career into a New Industry!
Ep 11: The Career Clinic: How to Transition your Career into a New Industry!
On this episode of The Career Clinic, Mick talks about how to transition your career from what industry to another.  The career clinic is a mini episode of Made to Measure, where Mick offers advice to Graduates and Entry Level Candidates as well as those who may have been negatively affected by Covid19. Each episode will discuss something that you can do in order to stand out from the crowd, or give you a better opportunity to land that next job! If you would like to connect with Mick further, please click the link attached: shorturl.at/aMNW5
12:52
September 22, 2020
Ep 10: David Palmer, 5D Quantity Surveyor, Estimator and University Lecturer
Ep 10: David Palmer, 5D Quantity Surveyor, Estimator and University Lecturer
On this weeks episode of Made to Measure, we are joined by David Palmer. David is an experienced Estimator and Quantity Surveyor, originally from Scotland – David now lives in Perth where he lectures in estimating, quantity surveying and cost management. He is also the Author of the OUA Analytical Estimating Course and is the first ever Author we’ve had on the show. Before this david worked as State Manager for Western Australia for the Global Consultancy Gleeds and for over 20 years has held Senior Estimator and QS roles for various main contractors and consultancies throughout Australia and the United Kingdom. He has a passion for 5D BIM Quantity Surveying & Estimating and alongside his lecturing he has his own professional consulting practice offering advice and strategic solutions in this area. It was great speaking with David who has so much to offer those within the QS and Estimating industry and is a real advocate for professional development within the area. The link to David's Linkedin profile are outlined below: shorturl.at/acmt1 If you enjoy the show, please remember to leave a review or rating on Apple Podcasts! 
48:38
September 22, 2020
Ep 9: The Career Clinic, the End of the COVER LETTER
Ep 9: The Career Clinic, the End of the COVER LETTER
On this episode of The Career Clinic, Mick talks about what you should do instead of sending a cover letter. The career clinic is a mini episode of Made to Measure, where Mick offers advice to Graduates and Entry Level Candidates as well as those who may have been negatively affected by Covid19. Each episode will discuss something that you can do in order to stand out from the crowd, or give you a better opportunity to land that next job! If you would like to connect with Mick further, please click the link attached: shorturl.at/aMNW5
08:12
September 15, 2020
Ep 8: Stephen Walter, Estimating Manager and Chartered Professional Engineer
Ep 8: Stephen Walter, Estimating Manager and Chartered Professional Engineer
On this episode of Made to Measure - A Construction Podcast, we are joined by Stephen Walter. Stephen is currently the National Estimating Lead for Bellwether Contractors. He is also a Chartered Professional Engineer. Previous to his current role, Stephen held Senior Estimating positions with various Tier 1 Contractors such as Abigroup (Lendlease), John Holland, Probuild and Laing O'Rourke. In terms of Tier 1 Contractors it doesn't get much bigger than that. This episode will be very useful for any Engineers seeking to make a move into Estimating or anyone at Intermediate level wanting to find out what ingredients you will require in order to step up into Management or Senior Level roles. This was a really interesting conversation and we really hope you enjoy it. If you want to connect with Stephen further, please connect with him here shorturl.at/agjt1
36:52
September 15, 2020
Ep 7: The Career Clinic, Is there such thing as a Good CV?
Ep 7: The Career Clinic, Is there such thing as a Good CV?
In this episode of The Career Clinic Mick discuss the biggest question in recruitment/hr; Is there such thing as a good cv? And what makes a good CV? With well over 14,000 hours of CV Reviewing, Mick knows a thing or two about what makes a good CV stand out.  On this episode Mick deep dives into what makes a CV a good "fit" for the role you're applying for.
21:57
September 08, 2020
Ep 6: Damon Kelly, Australian Olympian & Quantity Surveyor/Estimator
Ep 6: Damon Kelly, Australian Olympian & Quantity Surveyor/Estimator
On this weeks episode of made to measure we are joined by Australian Olympian and Commonwealth Gold Medallist: Damon Kelly. Damon is one of the most humble, down to earth and genuine people I’ve ever met. Alongside all his athletic achievements Damon has worked for nearly 15 years as a quantity surveyor and estimator with international consultancies and Australian owner tier 2 and 3 construction main contractors. He is unique in that he has such a well rounded background in the world of construction costing from quantity surveying, cost planning and hard dollar estimating all whilst winning medals and breaking records for Australia in weightlifting. I had the pleasure to sit down and discuss how Damon managed a life of athletics combined with the tiresome world of construction. I really enjoyed this episode and Damon is a real ego busting person, one we can all learn from! To connect with Damon see link to his LinkedIn below. shorturl.at/irGS3
30:08
September 08, 2020
Ep 5: The Career Clinic - Winning the Interview
Ep 5: The Career Clinic - Winning the Interview
On this episode of The Career Clinic,  we discuss the 6 things you should keep in mind when your at interview stage with an employer. As we're in the middle of a global pandemic, with opportunities in the construction sector at an all time low, once you get an interview it's extremely important you do EVERYTHING you can to ensure you receive an offer.  This will be super helpful for everyone from a Graduate level to Senior Candidates currently in the market.  There's guaranteed to be at least 1 take away from this episode!
33:23
September 01, 2020
Ep: 4 - Paul Rigo, Chief Commercial Officer & Executive Director of Stratagility
Ep: 4 - Paul Rigo, Chief Commercial Officer & Executive Director of Stratagility
On this episode of made to measure we are joined by Paul Rigo.  Paul is the executive director of Stratagility, a commercial and strategy delivery consultancy based in Brisbane, Australia.  Paul has a unique background within the construction and heavy engineering industries as he is a qualified commercial lawyer. In this episode Paul deep dives into how his legal degree benefited him in a career spanning more than 20 years, various industries from construction to mining, where he has held commercial lead roles for companies such as Lendlease, Laing O Rourke, Adani and Ausenco.  Paul is a wealth of information having worked on projects all over the world including North Africa, New Zealand and Australia. This is definitely worth a listen for anyone in the industry, from fresh grads to senior execs! To connect with Paul reach out via LinkedIn here: shorturl.at/hoN69
46:54
September 01, 2020
Ep 3 - The Career Clinic, How to Get Noticed As a Graduate
Ep 3 - The Career Clinic, How to Get Noticed As a Graduate
On this first episode of our mini series; The Career Clinic, Mick Discusses 5 things Graduates can do to stand out from a crowded market. Mick presents 5 actionable steps that Graduates can immediately utilise to start getting noticed with future, potential employers. The Career Clinic is a Mini Series associated with Made to Measure to help those listening to make better career decisions.
06:15
August 25, 2020
Ep 2 - Interview with Andy Thomson Managing Director of Construction Cost Consultants NZ
Ep 2 - Interview with Andy Thomson Managing Director of Construction Cost Consultants NZ
On this episode of Made to Measure, we are joined by Andy Thomson. Andy has over 25 years’ experience as a Quantity Surveyor throughout Scotland, United Kingdom and New Zealand. Having experienced life working for PQS's and Main Contractors, Andy shed's light on the key differences between each. Now the Managing Director of his own Successful Quantity Surveying Consultancy in New Zealand, Andy discusses the benefits of having mentors throughout his career and how he is using Social Media and Personal Branding to Drive his Quantity Surveying business further. To connect with Andy further, use the link to his Linkedin below. shorturl.at/bgluK
49:54
August 25, 2020
Ep 1 - Intro to Made to Measure (A Construction Podcast) with Mick Donaghy
Ep 1 - Intro to Made to Measure (A Construction Podcast) with Mick Donaghy
On this first episode of Made to Measure, Mick gives the audience a run down on why the podcast was created, what he hopes to achieve with the show and what you can expect from this season of the podcast. This podcast will be of interest to anyone within the world of construction especially those working in Quantity Surveying, PQS, Contracts Management, Commercial Management, Estimating, Cost Planning or Project Management.
04:15
August 25, 2020