Master of Business Administration students are gaining practical experience through work integrated learning projects.
The "Applied Industry Practice" course, a core component of the MBA program, consists of a career planning module and a company project.
The career planning module provides students with a clear understanding of the current and anticipated trends in the global employment market and the skills, attitudes and techniques needed for a successful career.
For the project, students receive a detailed brief and are required to work on the project as "consultants", reporting and presenting to the company's management team at the end of semester.
At the start of semester the "client" presents the company and project to the class, indicating their expectations, and answering questions.
Students then have the opportunity to pitch their ideas and get feedback before presenting their final report to a panel at the end of semester.
Terry Boulter, Director, MBA programs, said: "The Applied Industry Practice component of the MBA is extremely valuable to our students.
"It provides them with a practical hands-on learning experience and a direct link to the senior members of our partnering organisations including Telstra, Prudential Investment Company of Australia (PICA) and Siemens.
"Many students have found work with these companies as a result of relationships developed throughout the semester."
Michelle Cummins, General Manager, PICA, has hired a number of RMIT graduates through her close affiliation with the Graduate School of Business and Law(GSBL).
"I studied at RMIT myself so I already had a strong connection to the University," Ms Cummins said.
"Over the years this association has continued and PICA has become closely involved with the Applied Industry Practice course.
"As a result, we have employed six RMIT graduates - three in HR and three in operations.
"My experience with MBA students and alumni has always been positive so if we are ever looking for new staff in our accounts, HR, operations or strategic management areas I will approach my contacts at the GSBL."
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