Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) student Alex Tung talks about his Work Integrated Learning (WIL) year at the National Transport Commission (NTC).
In his role of Intern Policy Analyst, Tung worked on projects with the NTC’s pricing team on how Australia’s road infrastructure is funded
“The main project I worked was looking at potential improvements to Australia’s heavy vehicle charging methodology,” Mr Tung said.
“I learnt about building economic models that developed my analytical skills which proved to be extremely valuable. Alongside the work relating to my studies, I gained some key insights about how Australia’s transport industry is affected by policy reform, and how government organisations work with these important stakeholders.”
Chief Executive of the NTC, Paul Retter, said work placements were a great opportunity for both students and their host organisations.
“Work placements at the NTC give students the chance to contribute to national transport reform. Students learn important practical skills such as strategic thinking and how to build successful stakeholder relationships,” Retter said.
“The NTC also benefits from this program because students bring a fresh perspective, new ideas and enthusiasm to our projects. We’re currently hosting our fourth student from RMIT and are looking forward to hosting more students into the future.”
Tung, also a Vice Chairperson of the Business Student Association, encourages students to take on the challenge and reap the rewards of workplace learning.
“My success in landing the role was due to the WIL team helping me understand my strengths and weaknesses. This was particularly important when reflecting on why I wanted the position and how I would be able to get it,” he said.
Story: Rita Truong