Last week I was working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on a World Bank assignment.
It was a very satisfying week professionally, with the project continuing into 2019.
Earlier this year, via a mutual friend I made the connection with Armand Vista on LinkedIn.
Armand is a young Filipino structural engineer who is currently working in Riyadh.
Armand and I have exchanged messages over the past six months and as the project in Riyadh he is working on is drawing to a close, he is looking forward to the next step in his career.
He is keen to work in New Zealand, and as a result, we have had a few conversations regarding that.
Since I was heading to Riyadh, and Armand was working there, we took the opportunity to meet during the week.
We had a very pleasant conversation regarding engineering related matters, what was happening in Riyadh -where there are plenty of major projects underway, and what New Zealand construction has been occurring over the past year.
As I was describing this to Armand, I was reminded just how strong the New Zealand engineering construction pipeline is as the moment, and that this pipeline is a reflection of a well performing economy.
Social media platforms such as LinkedIn are an excellent way to connect with fellow professionals, and as in the case of Armand and I, these platforms can facilitate the opportunity to correspond, meet, and grow professional associations and friendships.