John Drake doesn’t only see travel as a hobby and a passion, he uses his adventures as inspiration in his day-to-day work.

“As an engineer, to visit iconic structures like the Colosseum in Rome or the Acropolis in Athens during my travels has been an incredible experience,” John said.

“Travelling is a passion of mine and since leaving St Stephen’s I have spent time travelling Europe. It has been fantastic to visit places like Italy, the Greek Islands, Norway and also the UK where I have extended family.”

After graduating with the Carramar Class of 2009, John dedicated five and a half years of study to his Engineering and Commerce double degree at the University of Western Australia.

John said his experience in the engineering field began before he’d even graduated university.

“In my final year at UWA, whilst completing my engineering thesis, I was asked to tutor students in Project Management. During this time, I was also working on a casual basis for a local consulting engineering company as an undergraduate engineer.”

“Upon completion of my tertiary studies, I was offered a permanent position as a graduate structural engineer with them where I worked for the next three years, in various departments on a wide range of residential projects."

With these years of knowledge and experience under his belt, John recently decided to broaden his horizons in the world of engineering.

“A few months ago, I decided to change jobs so as to be able to experience working in the field of civil engineering to complement the technical skills I had developed in a consulting environment.”

“I am now working as a graduate civil engineer in local government with the City of Swan. This role enables me to be out in the community, in addition to managing projects both onsite and in the office."

John said the move has set him on a path to achieve a new goal.

“A goal I am currently working towards is to be able to achieve chartered status with Engineers Australia in the near future.”

John credits his time at St Stephen’s School for the development of imperative life skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication, personal growth and integrity.

“The broad-based education I received at St Stephen’s gave me many of the tools I needed to prepare me for life outside of school,” John said.