Work Integrated Learning program leads to employment for Murdoch students

student in front of RAC Arena with employer

Two Murdoch University students will commence ongoing casual positions at RAC Arena after completing internships at the venue as part of our Work Integrated Learning Program.

Laura Maclean, who is completing a double major in Journalism and Public Relations, and Bachelor of Business student Carissa Lewis, who is majoring in HR Management and Marketing, have been offered roles within their respective fields of study at RAC Arena (formerly known as Perth Arena).

As part of her internship in Semester 1 of 2018, Laura worked with the communications team to coordinate and launch the RAC Arena’s Snapchat account ahead of the Harry Styles concert to engage with fans and patrons.

“I was so nervous when I first applied for an internship because I thought maybe I wasn’t ready to be involved in a workplace environment yet. However, when I first met with the team I was relieved to see how much support they were willing to give me.”

According to RAC Arena Marketing Executive Marika Bailey, Laura fit in seamlessly to the role. “During Laura’s time with the commercial department, she was friendly, helpful and an asset to the team, building a great rapport with everyone she worked with.

Student Carissa with iphone inside RAC Arena before Harry Dtyle's concert

“Due to her excellent work ethic, Laura has since been offered paid work, assisting with the Arena’s after hours social customer care on an ad hoc basis. The role involves front line interaction with the Arena’s patrons, acting as the voice of the brand.”

Carissa, another Murdoch student, spent her placement at RAC Arena analysing feedback from several concurrent Employee Engagement Surveys.

“While my Work Integrated Learning position had a focus on human resources, I also had the chance to use some of my marketing statistics knowledge, which was a bonus. “My time there also had me shadowing the RAC Arena’s HR Coordinator Olivia Dixon in meetings, interviews, and rostering, which was an amazing experience.”

Olivia described Carissa as detailed, professional and producing work that far exceeded her expectations.

“Carissa was a perfect match for the project as it required a fair amount of data analysis which allowed her to use both aspects of her degree (HR and Marketing) and could see the application of both disciplines into the workforce.”

Work Integrated Learning setting Murdoch grads up for bright future

Work Integrated Learning has been a growing focus of almost all undergraduate degrees offered at Murdoch. Through Work Integrated Learning opportunities, students use real workplace experience to strengthen their studies with industry projects, work placements or simulations.

For Laura, the best part about Murdoch’s Work Integrated Learning program was the opportunity to be engaged in a real work environment.

“You get the chance to complete real projects and help them be implemented, rather than simply submitting an assignment to your lecturer. Now, once I graduate and begin searching for a job, I can relax knowing I know what to expect from a job in communications and I have the confidence in myself to achieve my goals.”

Carissa’s Work Integrated Learning placement became one of her favourite university memories, giving her the confidence she needed to enter the workforce.

“The confidence I have gained from seeing myself actually applying theories to solve challenges in the workplace has really reinforced what I've learnt in the classroom.”

The confidence instilled in students during our Work Integrated Learning Program is one of the reasons behind Murdoch’s number one ranking in the country for overall undergraduate employment after three years. Results of the study indicated that 96.7% of Murdoch undergraduates secured employment within three years of graduating.

As a founding partner of RAC Arena, Murdoch students can take advantage of a dedicated student intern program to learn hands-on skills, in addition to preferred applicant status for part-time and casual roles.
For the chance to join the 96% of employed Murdoch graduates and one of the most exciting Work Integrated Learning programs in the country, browse our courses today.

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Posted on:

14 Feb 2019

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