My university experience has absolutely flown! I have been involved in so many different facets of university life, including sport, student societies, academic competitions and overseas trips, which have all introduced me to so many different groups of people and helped to expand my network while I’m still studying. I have found that getting to know so many different people means there is always a friendly face in the corridor and someone keen to grab a coffee between classes, making coming to uni a social part of my life as well.
I chose ACU after coming to an Open Day when I was in year 12 and noticing how genuine the staff were, and how interested they seemed in the success of their students. I was the first cohort of law at ACU, so there weren’t other law students to talk to yet, but the entire faculty seemed so enthusiastic about the program that I couldn’t wait to be involved.
All of my lecturers and tutors have been extremely helpful. They know nearly everyone’s name, and I’ve even found myself talking to them about jobs and interviews and getting real industry advice as I approach the end of my degree. I even received personal congratulatory emails from some lecturers after landing a graduate position, so I know they truly care about my success.
I would tell prospective students that here at ACU we’re working together as a cohort instead of competing against each other, and everyone wants you to succeed and will help you end up where you want to be. I would also encourage them to get involved in as much as possible, because the time flies and before you know it you’ll be in your last semester.
I have completed a couple of Pro Bono placements, one being with a Judge of the Federal Circuit Court, and the other with JobWatch, a not for profit organisation. Both of these experiences gave me real insight into different areas of law, and drastically helped me to better understand the theory I was learning in class. In my second year of university I also co-founded the ACU Melbourne Cheer and Dance Club, and have been President of the club since 2014, as well as also being on the Law Students’ Society committee this year as the 5th year representative. Both of these experiences have given me invaluable leadership, teamwork and problem solving skills which are extremely important to employers.
I have a student job on campus, working in the Health, Sport and Wellbeing department as the Sporting Club Administrator. In this role I work with student sporting clubs to ensure they’re running smoothly, and assist in their planning and budgeting for the year, as well as working with higher management to implement strategies to progress the sporting involvement and performance on campus. As well as giving me the flexibility to work around my studies, this role was a huge help in learning how to work collaboratively and in a multi-tiered workplace, as well as giving me interview experience and building my self confidence in a more professional working environment.
The grant enabled me to travel to London, Brussels, Gent and Rome to discuss globalisation, international trade and the European Union with international academics and ambassadors to Italy and the Holy See. In today’s world, having a more global perspective is really valuable to potential employers, as it shows I can place Australian business into the global context. This experience helped my employability, as a global perspective cannot be reflected in my GPA, but is something employers seek.
After five rounds of interviews and testing, out of a pool of around 3,000 applicants, I was fortunate enough to be one of just 20 graduates to secure a job in Australia Post’s award winning graduate program. The program will see me involved in three different 8-month rotations within the company before I choose an area to continue working in. At this stage, I would love to end up working on their partnerships with other large Australian and international companies, so I can use the skills I’ve developed in both my law and commerce degrees when working on contracts and forming connections between companies.
There are so many areas of the corporate world that I don’t know about yet, so I don’t yet have a concrete plan, although I would love to eventually complete an MBA and work my way into more senior management roles.