Joshua Polidano discovered lifechanging opportunities through RMIT’s Bachelor of Business (Professional Accountancy), where the doors to global experiences and industry are wide open.
When I found out RMIT allowed real industry experience, which the other universities I was looking at did not, I knew this was the university for me. The international co-op year was also a big draw card.
Joshua Polidano, now in his final year at RMIT, can happily attest to the invaluable knowledge gained by studying overseas. With accountancy now taking a front seat to guide organisations through global change, real-world experience is more important than ever.
"In Year 12 I enjoyed VCE Accounting and VCE Business Management” says Josh. “But I wasn’t sure where I wanted to take it. After consulting with the career’s counsellor at my school, I was told about the Bachelor of Business (Professional Accountancy), which included a co-op year of international study.
Since then Josh hasn’t looked back. “A highlight for me would have to be the study abroad Global Intensive Subject - Business Globalisation in Vietnam. This subject opened up my eyes about the ever-changing factors in the global market. The experience also allowed me to network and engage in cultural activities I would never have been able to achieve on my own”.
Josh also spent time applying the knowledge he had gathered at university in a position at a subsidiary of Robert Bosch, allowing him to maintain a position and work part-time while he finished his studies at RMIT. “The work-integrated learning was a crucial element of preparing me for the future. The co-op year allowed me to test the knowledge I had gathered from university”.
It also challenged Josh, helping him work in a corporate environment and undertake various tasks and duties. “I believe industry representatives are key to gaining knowledge about the future, and when completing a subject, and industry rep joined the class and it allowed me to get many questions I had answered".
“My best advice is to speak to a careers counsellor, either at school or RMIT, if you are unsure of what you want to do. This will help point you in the direction you wish to take. Open Day is advantageous, as it showcases all courses, giving you a better understanding, rather than reading a brochure of what is required within the course".
“Co-op year is something that makes RMIT stand out, and from a person who has completed their Co-op year, I can understand why. This will allow you to utilise knowledge learnt at university, as well as learn on the job with the proper help and guidance from your mentor”.