Jordan Pavan, Golder Associates Ltd.

Why did you choose to go into consulting?

When I first graduated, I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do. I was fortunate to find a job working for a contractor in the geotechnical field. I knew that interested me. The work was great but after a few years I found that it was becoming repetitive. Shifting to consulting, it opened a whole new world for me. We see a wide range of challenges which allowed me to explore projects that would have never come up working for a contractor. I wouldn't say that I chose to go into consulting as I didn't know what I wanted when I graduated, but after working a few years I found that consulting was the perfect fit!

Tell us about your job. What do you do?

I work as a geotechnical engineer offering support to our senior geotechnical engineers and project managers. We work on projects of varying scale from small exploratory drilling projects to large infrastructure and industrial development.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I am not sure that there is such thing as a typical day. A lot of the work I do depends on which type of project I am working on. I could be doing any sort of things from drilling and logging soil in the field, to reviewing samples and completing testing in the lab, to helping write reports in the office.

What excites you the most about the future of consulting?

It is exciting to think about the obstacles and challenges that we will face in the future. We are the generation of consultants who will face these problems and I believe we are in a great position to meet these challenges. We have the luxury of being raised in a world where technology is second nature. That, along with strong mentors who tackled problems with more traditional methods; position us in a beautiful balance of technology and tradition. We are encouraged to critically think outside the box, and fortunate to be able to celebrate diversity and inclusion. This gives us a strong foundation to tackle any future challenges that come our way. 

What skills and personal qualities have been instrumental in the success you have achieved in consulting?

I found it was important to be patient when I was starting something new. Watching how others handle situations and learning from them. Writing things down,  and being as organized as you possibly can. Staying positive because you know you are going to make some mistakes. Be honest and transparent when they happen and learn from them.


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