Adam Seedsman has been adding value to RMIT for almost five years leading innovation and industry engagement. It's the strong industry connections that made his son Jack choose to study here too.
As Director of RMIT Activator, Executive Director of Global Partnerships and Engagement and now also the parent of a first year Architecture student, Adam Seedsman sees first-hand the difference that industry experience makes to a career.
“Growing up I was always interested in business and entrepreneurship, but I guess I didn't think of it as that back then. I’ve worked in lots of different industries and the roles that have shaped my career have been wide and varied.
"My current role at RMIT is Executive Director of Global Partnerships and Engagement and Director of RMIT Activator.
“RMIT Activator is something we cooked up in 2015. The idea was to bring everything we had across the University together to assist students, staff and alumni create businesses and learn how to innovate.
"We wanted to give them the 21st century skills and tools they needed to go into organisations and be change-makers. It's been really satisfying to see it come together and make an impact on peoples' lives.”
RMIT’s strong connection to industry resonates as much with his son Jack as it does with Adam.
“My son Jack is a first-year architecture student here at RMIT and I've never seen anyone work so hard. I certainly didn't work that hard in my first semester of University. I sometimes tell people that I'm still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up. Jack’s 19 and he knew he wanted to be an architect when he was 13.”
Jack Seedsman is in his second semester of the Bachelor of Architectural Design and has already secured part time work in the architectural design and media industry.
“He’s really embracing it, meeting lots of new friends and enjoying what he’s learning. The architectural program is one of the best in Australia and the world and the industry engagement in the program is just incredible. The architectural studios Jack can choose from in his studies are all absolutely embedded with industry practitioners sharing their knowledge with students. That’s one of the key things that adds value to the program.”
Adam’s advice to students is to get as much experience in the world of work as possible.
“Having work experience on your resume is invaluable. Get experience that demonstrates that you understand how to operate in a workplace, how to contribute value very quickly and how to apply your studies. It will set you in good stead and put you ahead of the pack.
“We all know that the workplace is changing dramatically. Something I’ve been heartened to see at RMIT is the innovation of the organisation through Learning & Teaching and Research & Industry. University-wide, we’re investing in a digital micro-credentials program RMIT Creds to help students and staff get the skills they need to stay relevant. At RMIT Activator we have a subset of these creds for enterprise skills, things like creative thinking, design thinking, how to use a lean business canvas and pitching yourself.
“What's next for me? Continuing to add value at RMIT, to our students, industry partners and staff.”
Find out how RMIT Activate is helping students channel their skills into professional and entrepreneurial pursuits, and giving them the tools they need to launch their careers.
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