Inspired by industry connections and an internship at RMIT as part of her studies, marketing student Sweta Prashad is looking forward to what’s next.
With her final year of undergraduate study set to commence soon, Sweta said, on reflection, she made the right choices straight out of high school.
After receiving her ATAR, she changed her preferences to make sure pathway courses were included. But eventually was offered her top choice course – a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) (Applied).
“I had always been interested in business, but I wasn’t sure what major,” she said.
“I realised I wanted to study marketing because it looked like so much fun and exactly what I was interested in. I chose RMIT because it allowed me to fulfil my dreams of working whilst studying.
“Always believe in yourself and listen to your heart. There’s nothing worse in life than having regrets.”
Sweta is currently undertaking a one-year internship at RMIT with the university’s student recruitment team.
“It has been one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life – working in the student recruitment team as an intern, meeting new people and networking, and learning about what the ‘real world’ is really like.”
“When I first started at RMIT, the things that stood out to me was the diversity at the university.
“Everyone was from such different backgrounds, experiences and ethnicity which for me, made the experience even better. Every person I met was so helpful, even if they weren't from RMIT. The community feel is there even though the campus isn't a 'traditional' one.”
Sweta said the industry connections during the course provided inspiration for students.
“We had the brand manager from Formula One speak in our lecture about her journey and what made her choose marketing.
"After hearing her speak and seeing the different experiences and opportunities she got I was so intrigued, yet I could imagine myself doing the same thing. That's when I knew I had made the right choice,” she said.
“I would love to be a brand manager for an innovative company, such as Google, in an environment full of creativity and flexibility that allows me to feel like I am fulfilling a dream and not ‘working’ - that's the best part. Providing employee work life balance and benefits are really important to me.
Sweta said the Melbourne CBD location for the city campus was ideal.
“There’s easy accessibility to everything – shopping centres, the state library, and movies, but there’s also amazing study spaces at RMIT such as the Snooze Lounge,” she said.
“Allow yourself plenty of time to find classes and buildings as it can be a little overwhelming at first. However, there are so many people to help you and give directions.
“Say yes to any academic opportunity offered – they are there to benefit you!
“Make sure you are open minded and are willing to try new things and meet new people. In this field you have to create your own place and put yourself out there. And have fun!”
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