Those majoring in accounting or economics should definitely have a head for numbers, but that’s not the only important skill. It’s also crucial to be able to come up with creative ideas and solutions to stand out from the crowd. Extra-curricular activities can be very helpful in cultivating these practical skills.
“I was part of the student council, and it made my uni life rather colourful,” says Ray. “As part of the executive board, my free time was usually spent planning activities and interacting with other student councillors, which in turn gave me confidence and strengthened my leadership abilities.”
“I really enjoyed my university life,” says Ray. “In my experience, the environment is more supportive than competitive as students are happy to share resources.”
RMIT also provides the necessary platforms for students to form bonds and get to know each other better. The pressures of a rigorous education system can be many, and these are eased by working together, not to mention the strong networks that one develops.
“We have orientation camps for freshmen at the start of each semester and student welfare events to encourage students to relax,” shares Joie.
While these skills can’t be learnt from textbooks or lectures, students are required to complete group projects, which involve working in teams. This means navigating different work styles and personalities.
“When rushing for deadlines, we not only need to meet the objectives of our projects but also manage the relationships we have with our group mates,” says Joie. “It’s through working with others that I’ve learnt to be a better listener, better advisor and better communicator when the situation calls for it.”
While a significant number of business students may wish to pursue successful careers in banks, accounting firms or multinational companies after graduation, these are not their only options.
“The scope of courses in business schools is quite diverse and opens up opportunities for jobs in different fields besides banking and finance, including events management and even human resources,” says Ray.
Joie has the same sentiments. That’s why she is currently working part-time as a fashion coordinator in a retail store while studying at RMIT instead of being in an administrative job. The role gives her great satisfaction as she can “interact, engage with and help customers” and apply the negotiation and people skills she learns from her course in a practical setting.
If you too are interested in a well-rounded degree that will equip you with essential skills that are relevant for a wide range of jobs, a business degree at RMIT might be the right place to start. Visit our website or speak to our course advisers to find out more.