In his role as Intern Policy Analyst, Alex worked on projects with the NTC’s pricing team, reviewing how Australia’s road infrastructure is funded.
“The main project I worked was looking at potential improvements to Australia’s heavy vehicle charging methodology,” Alex said.
“I learnt about building economic models that developed my analytical skills which proved to be extremely valuable. Alongside the work relating to my studies, I gained some key insights about how Australia’s transport industry is affected by policy reform, and how government organisations work with these important stakeholders.”
Alex was also a Vice Chairperson of the Business Student Association, which encourages students to take on the challenge and reap the rewards of workplace learning.
Alex currently works at JBWere as an Analyst. “My primary role is within the reporting team. On a day-to-day basis, I produce reports for advisers and their clients. I’ve been working at JBWere since my final year at RMIT."
"I was lucky to secure a employment while I was studying. I was recommended for my position and have been here since then. After graduating, I pursued further studies by becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) level 1 candidate and will be undertaking the exam in December 2017."
"I really enjoy being surrounded by likeminded people that are interested in financial markets and services. The exposure to the financial services industry is fascinating to me as there are so many different paths to take career-wise."
"My advice to other students: be persistent and know what recruiters are looking for in your field. I worked hard on developing skills that are attributable to my area. I also found feedback from recruiters really helpful. I have a friend that works in HR and I asked her lots of questions about what employers look for in an interview and what helps you stand out along with the dos and don’ts."
"Take as many opportunities as possible and work as hard as you can on them. Jumping on other projects or opportunities will give you different experiences and exposure to other teams, this is really beneficial in learning different aspects of a business and how an organisation works. Colleagues will definitely notice the effort and the quality of work put into other projects. This is a really good way to build your professional reputation and help you kick start your career."
"I had a lot of troubles with interviews and the application process for positions. The Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team helped me with my interview preparation and helping my CV. My success in landing my current role at JBWere was due to the WIL team helping me understand my strengths and weaknesses. This was particularly important when reflecting on why I wanted the position and how I would be able to get it."
"Having a network you can rely on to find opportunities is important in finding your own path, being able to access the RMIT and alumni community will help individuals leverage themselves to find the right career and dream job."