First up- Mitch Hanlon
Position – Managing Director
Where did you study? University of NSW Sydney
What are the requirements to be a Registered Land Surveyor in our area? Surveying Degree (1986 graduated) and competency certificate from the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information (1989). I now enjoy mentoring our Graduate Surveyors who are on the road to registration with their 5 competency assessments (equivalent to a Masters Degree).
How did you get into Surveying? Year 10 work experience with the local surveyor in Young NSW (Regional Australia)
Introducing – Belinda Hanlon
Position: Marketing and Business Development for Hanlons Consulting
How long have I been associated with the Surveying Industry: Since 2003 (when I met my husband)
How long have you been in the industry? On and off since 2003
Are you part of any associations or organisations you would like us to mention? ACS – (Consulting Surveyors NSW)
Why do you want to be a GKiS Brand Ambassador? As a regional surveying and engineering practice, we remain passionate about developing the potential of regional youth and creating career pathways without having to leave the regions. We also want to empower our economic pillars to seemingly create economic opportunities. After all – we all want to see our children have fulfilling and well paid careers and career pathways without having to relocate away from family and friend networks.
Why is it important for kids to know about surveying and the wider geospatial industry? Most kids are aware of the more well known vocations eg: Teaching/Medicine etc through their own lived experience. Because Surveying is a sometimes hidden profession, we have to make an extra effort to explain the why and the how of Surveying. This means networking with school careers advisors and heads of STEM departments, attending careers expos and speaking to students and taking up media opportunities to promote the profession. Also working with the ACS Team to bring Maths in Surveying/Diversity in Surveying to regional areas to increase awareness.
What are you going to do as an ambassador for GKiS? As much as possible to help further educate on what Surveying as a career offers.
What are your hobbies? Photography, walking, cooking, travelling
If you/your company had a GKiS character, what would it be? Female Super Surveyor OR a Unicorn – as Surveyors wear many hats!
What resource would you like to see next from GKiS? More stories on diversity in Surveying – helping increase females in our industry
Anything else you want to add that you think our audience (surveyors, teachers, parents) would be interested in? Surveying is so diverse. Maths focused but not overly demanding. A great mix of office and field. Integral to every project from feasibility through to planning approval and handover. Worldwide opportunities and Australian qualifications are highly respected worldwide. Looking for a great career – think about Surveying!