Tom’s future is looking bright thanks to a full-time job offer once he finishes his degree.
A work placement at multinational accountancy firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers proved to be one of the best career moves for Bachelor of Business (Information Systems) (Applied) student Tom Jewell.
Last year he completed his 12-month industry placement at PwC and made such a positive impression that he was offered a job in data assurance once he finishes his degree.
RMIT’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team helped Tom secure the placement and now he’s repaying the favour. He works with the WIL team, making presentations about his experience to first and second year students who are looking for their own industry placement.
His advice to others undertaking IT programs is to dedicate time to coding and not take life too seriously.
“Do more coding in your own time!” he said.
“Don’t take anything as the be-all and end-all. We are all on our own journey and sometimes what appears to be an obstacle can help lead to a better route.”
The Bachelor of Business (Information Systems) (Applied) teaches students how to analyse, design and build business information systems. The combination of business and IT is what attracted Tom.
“I liked that the program offered a fluid blend of business and IT study, which both incorporate skills that I was interested in and wanted to learn,” he said.
“RMIT’s industry focus also appealed to me.”
The tutors and lecturers, the facilities, the course content and “the vibe” are some of Tom’s favourite things about the program. He also enjoys studying in the Swanston Academic Building and being in the heart of the city.
Tom’s family has a history of studying at RMIT, which he’s proud to continue.
“Both my parents and my grandma also attended the University so I was excited to enrol,” he said.
Tom is now focused on completing his fourth and final year of study. In the future he hopes to carve his own niche by using experience and skills to start his own business.
“My career aspirations are to continue work at PwC as a consultant and data analyst, become a data scientist and eventually create my own data analysis consultancy,” he said.