While studying an economics degree at the University of Tasmania, Alec realised that this wasn’t where his interests lay. Instead, his future was in human resource management.

Switching to a Bachelor of Business was an easy change. It set him on a path towards developing a passion for industrial relations and organising people.

In his second year, Alec took the opportunity to do a Corporate Internship. This program is available to students with strong grades and allows them to achieve credit towards their degree. They also get to work in a business environment that suits their area of interest. Alec seized at the chance when he found out there was an internship on a work health and safety project at Incat, a world-leading catamaran builder with about 700 staff.

My internship with Incat was amazing,” Alec says. “I was able to meet with business professionals and begin building those connections.

I got to sit down with people working in HR, people in industrial relations, and various other heads of departments. This meant I got to talk to people that are where I want to be in five years, discuss how to get there, and the changes I need to make or the things I need to consider.

The internship is a great way to get hands-on experience and be mentored by professionals. Students get to talk and observe people in the field. It’s also a way to learn more about yourself and what you want your career to look like. 

I certainly have some advantages over my peers when entering the job market. I’ve now worked in a business environment, I have the experience of talking and writing and conducting myself in a professional manner, getting to know people and knowing what I want out of a career.

Alec’s enthusiasm, hard work and professionalism led him to a job at Incat after his internship.

One of the best ways of finding a job is through networking and knowing how to get into that field. When my internship was coming to an end a job vacancy came up at Incat, they had experience working with me and knew I was a good candidate for the role.

Alec’s experience studying a Bachelor of Business and completing a Corporate Internship has opened doors to a rewarding career.

I would highly recommend any student take up an internship through the University. Not only that experience working those hours, but you gain those connections. You’ve completed a project to leave behind. It can’t be compared to other university studies.

Are you interested in studying a Bachelor of Business and completing a Corporate Internship? Learn more here.