Q&A – David Graham celebrates 20 years with Murphy Surveys

One of our longest standing employees David Graham celebrates 20 years with us this year. David joined the company as a Surveyor, after which he transitioned into a project management and senior management role, supporting clients investigating the underground environment in order to plan, design and construct with confidence. David shares with us an insight into his career so far.


Q1. Why did you choose this industry?

I chose this industry for a mix of working outdoors on large scale projects whilst also incorporating office work to produce detailed surveying/ engineering drawings. Also it afforded me the opportunity in using the most innovative new surveying equipment across different spectrum’s within the civil and construction industry.


Q2. What do you enjoy most about working with Murphy Surveys?

The variability of my job is what gets me up in the morning. We provide professional services to the construction industry, state bodies, engineering consultants and the public and private sector. I am able to contribute my experience and skills in subsurface engineering, business development, public relations, contract and project management, strategy and design to a wide variety of clients. Each project presents unique challenges.


Q3. What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

It is tough to say as each challenge is different. I find a lot can be solved from taking a step back and thinking through the problem.


Q4. What makes you good at your job? 

It’s hard to gauge your own performance at work, but I prioritize my responsibilities, where possible I go to meetings with solutions- not problems, I make time to learn.


Q5. What advice would you give to someone beginning in the industry?

Be curious and always learn, be respectful to your co-workers and be confident and seek opportunities.


Q6. What values do you think are necessary for success in this industry?

Willingness to learn, ability to listen and not to be afraid of hard work.


Q7. How do you handle the pressures of your job?

I stay focused on what needs to be accomplished, but furthermore I have a great team behind me and I’m not afraid to ask for help if required.


Q8. In your opinion, how does Murphy Surveys measure success?

I would hope success is equivalent to the amount of knowledge an employee has been able to gain in his or her particular field of expertise and then using this knowledge to help in the growth of the company.


Q9. What advice would you give your younger self?

You’re not as important as you think you are and if you want to be successful its going to take hard work. My advice would be never give up, never quit.


Q10. Where do you see yourself in 20 years’ time?

Retired, and travelling across Asia on a bike.

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