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Anthony Day
Bachelor of Building 1996 and
Graduate Certificate of Building Management 2000
Senior legal consultant Anthony Day says if you want to be in the overseas construction industry you need to go to Dubai.

'I am currently employed by DLA Piper Middle East based at its Dubai office in the United Arab Emirates and I work in the construction team within the finance and projects team. I provide legal advice on engineering, mining and construction projects and contracts. I act for owners, developers and project companies in both Australia and the Middle East.'

At the time of writing, Anthony was about to start a short secondment with Bovis Lend Lease International in the specialist rail team.

'For someone who has always wanted to work in the construction industry, Dubai is the place to be. I live close to work at the base of the Burj Tower in Burj Downtown and every day you are able to see the progression of the biggest construction projects in the world and be part of that process as a consultant,' he says.

Anthony graduated from Deakin with a Bachelor of Building in 1996 and a Graduate Certificate of Building Management in 2000 and also studied law at Bond University and his masters of commercial law at the University of Melbourne.

With a background in construction, Anthony says his Deakin degrees, when used together with his law degrees, carried a dual benefit.

'My building degrees have enabled me to get my foot in the door of the construction industry which has landed me in the construction capital of the world, in a job that I enjoying turning up to each day. They have enabled me to gain employment in the industry and have significantly helped me to provide legal advice in regard to construction contracts. They have also helped me to better foster client confidence as I can speak their building lingo and have had experience in their line of work.'

During his time at Deakin, Anthony says it was the hands on nature of the building courses that appealed to him.

'Deakin has one of the more practical building courses and I really enjoyed the intimacy of studying there. The staff were friendly and they have both industry and academic experience, which provides some great networking and learning opportunities,' he says.

Anthony explained that working overseas for the first time has been a great experience.

'The people I work with are great and come from all around the world with different stories to tell and experiences to pass on and learn from. This is the first job I have had abroad and the opportunity to gain an understanding into life and business outside Australia is very rewarding and will no doubt be a huge asset on my return home,' he says.

As for the future, Anthony plans to live and work in Dubai for the next few years and has enrolled next trimester at Deakin to study a Master of Business Administration degree by distance learning.

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