Last week we held the first in our series of Āpōpō Lunch and Learn webinars.

Thanks to all the new professionals who joined us at this sold-out webinar. The first session was hosted by Āpōpō CE Murry Pugh, who introduced our speaker George Bowman.

George is the Director of Asset BowManagement Ltd. He is a Flood Risk Engineer, and Āpōpō Board member.

George gave us the rundown on how he owes his interest in asset management to one passionate geography teacher at his high school back in the UK.

He talked us through the stages of his career since high school – from choosing a niche degree in river coastal engineering in the UK, crossing the globe to work in Wellington, and eventually starting his own consulting company and traveling the country in his motor home.

George’s main advice to graduates is to put yourself outside of your comfort zone. Submit an abstract to present at an event that interests you, build your network, and seek out mentors who can help you on your journey through the early stages of your career.

We have clipped George’s overview from the webinar – you can check it out here!

What is Lunch and Learn? 

Lunch and Learn is our monthly online web series, aimed at infrastructure asset management professionals who new to the industry. Each session will have a different speaker sharing insight on their time in the industry.

These free sessions allow new professionals to korero, learn, and connect with others who are new to working in infrastructure asset management. They are a forum to ask questions and learn best practice from a line-up of experienced experts.

Who can join?

Lunch and Learn is open to anyone who has less than five years of professional work experience – including Āpōpō members and non-members. Feel free to bring your lunch to this online session, keep in mind we will ask that you have your camera on for part of the session, particularly for the introductions and Q&A at the end (intros and Q&A will be cut from the recording before it is posted).

Here are the next two we have planned, but keep an eye on our events page for future sessions.

Unlocking data in asset management with data guru, Gemma Mathieson 

When: Friday 1 December, 12-1pm

Where: Online via Microsoft Teams

Leadership in Asset Management with Vaughn Crowther 

When: Friday 2 February, 12-1pm

Where: Online via Microsoft Teams

We hope to see you there!