Everything fell into place for Eden Fernandes when she discovered how to get involved in study outside of the classroom.
Eden describes herself as a people person, someone who thrives on being around others and enjoys learning as part of a group.
So when the Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management) student was introduced to RMIT’s HR student Association, it was a perfect match.
“A friend asked me to join the association and the rest is history,” she said.
“It’s been such an awesome experience. I’ve met so many people and learnt so much.”
Eden, who is the Vice-President of the HR Association, says becoming involved in extra-curricular activities at university has been anything but a burden.
“RMIT provides you with much more than just a degree,” she said.
“There are so many social events, clubs, societies and things you can do literally every week. It makes your learning experience much more enjoyable and really helps you to find that balance between education and lifestyle.
“At first I was worried about being alone in a whole new place and not knowing anyone, but the events that RMIT host really allow you to meet people and make friends. It feels like a community.”
Eden first became interested in human resources when she studied business management in high school. This interest was reinforced when she was working part-time and experiencing small workplaces which lacked effective HR systems and processes.
“I’ve always been passionate about HR,” she said.
“There are so many issues to be addressed, whether it’s work stress, learning new technology or rolling out corporate policies.
“I really want to help people. It’s what I want to do.”
Ultimately, Eden hopes to land a job as an HR manager in an international company and to work overseas. She wants to make a difference in safety and training and to address technology gaps for older workers.
She describes the Bachelor of Business (Human Resources Management) as diverse and said it has given her a real feel for what to expect in the industry.
“It wasn’t just about learning from text books and writing theory over and over again,” Eden said.
“The subjects were practical and hands-on. We were given real life business scenarios and were required to work through these just like we would in an actual workplace.”