21 April 2011

Accounting students celebrate industry links

More than 100 students, staff and employers attended a networking event at RMIT University to celebrate the success of the Cooperative Education Program run by the School of Accounting.

The Cooperative Education Program, which involves students undertaking paid employment during their third year of study, is one of the best examples of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) offered by RMIT.

This event provided an opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of the employers.

“We receive outstanding support from industry and this is a chance to thank those organisations for the many opportunities they offer our students through work integrated learning,” Bronwyn Jones, Industry Placement Coordinator, School of Accounting, said.

Current Bachelor of Business (Professional Accounting) student Mary-Ann Bandalan spoke about her experience in the Cooperative Education Program.

“I undertook a one-year placement at GM Holden and during that time I built invaluable networks and gained knowledge about how business is conducted in the corporate world.

“The opportunity to get first-hand experience in the industry as part of your degree is a rare privilege,” she said.

Ms Bandalan has now taken on a permanent role with GM Holden as a Program Purchasing Analyst. She will continue to work full-time will she finishes her studies.

Ms Bandalan also completed an international study tour to Europe earlier this year.

“Since returning from the trip I am incredibly fascinated with the global concept of business and the cultural differences that exist between countries,” she said.

“The experience opened my mind to many different career paths that I may take up in the future.”

Professor Garry Carnegie, Head of the School of Accounting, and Professor Ian Palmer, Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Vice-President, attended the event along with a number of general and academic staff from the College of Business.

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