After working as a chef for 17 years, Alasdair Hancock decided it was time to hang up the apron and embark on a new career in logistics. He shares his study journey.
Tell me about your background and why you returned to study?
After 17 years of working in hospitality I decided that a change of pace was necessary. Life as a chef means lots of late nights and weekend shifts and with two young children and another on the way I wanted to spend more quality time with my family. I’ve done my vocational calling and now I need to focus on a career that is more sustainable.
Why did you choose RMIT?
I went to see a career adviser and attended some university Open Days before deciding on the Diploma of Logistics at RMIT. The program allowed me to ease back into study after a long hiatus. It focused on the industry that I want to move into and also provided a pathway to RMIT’s business degrees.
RMIT has a strong reputation and is situated in a great spot. I like that I get to study in the city and that I am given opportunities to develop industry connections that will assist me when I graduate. By completing the diploma first I have gained the skills and knowledge I need to be successful as I continue my studies.
What are you career aspirations?
Now that I have finished my diploma I am planning to commence the Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management) in 2017. I am hoping to secure a job within the logistics field before next semester starts and continue working while I study. I am looking forward to a successful career in the supply chain industry and hope to achieve an executive role within 15 years.
What has been some of the highlights of your time at RMIT?
I have really enjoyed meeting a great bunch of people. RMIT staff have been extremely helpful in all aspects of my study; from the teachers through to the IT and administration staff, I have always received friendly advice and quick responses to my questions.
The Virtual Global Work Integrated Learning (WIL) project was definitely a highlight. It was an opportunity to work collaboratively with students from Seattle North College. We used Google Apps to collaborate online and then at the end of semester a small group of us travelled to Seattle where we got to meet our counterparts in person and present our final projects to real industry clients. It was a great opportunity to travel, make new friends and study with like-minded students.
What advice would you give to other students who are returning to study?
Take up every opportunity that comes your way so that you get as much benefit out of your studies and your time at RMIT as you can. Study hard and don’t be afraid to ask questions!