Testimonials

Chloe Szkwarek

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Host organisation: IPM Operation & Maintenance Loy Yang B Power Station

The graduate job market is highly competitive and six months of placement in the industry I am specialising in will be extremely valuable when applying for jobs. The Professional Development Program also attracted me to IPP, as it was a great way to prepare me for my placement and assist in my career development

IPP has provided me with valuable referees and industry experience, which I can demonstrate on my resume. It's allowed me to differentiate myself from other graduates, which will assist in applying for future roles

Xvan Tung Phan (Tung)

Degree: Bachelor of Information Technology (Business Systems)

Host organisation: Australian Securities Investments Commission (ASIC)

Obtaining a university degree is always something I wanted to achieve for myself, and with FedUni close to home, I was able to achieve one of my personal goals.

Having the flexibility of attending university classes whilst on placement was handy. The program allowed me to see what it's like to work in a business environment and obtain real-world skills and experience. By undertaking the placement, it gave me a sense of accomplishment, by being part of n organisation that really makes a difference.

Celeste Briggs

Degree: Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Business (Management & Communications)

Host organisation: Australian Securities Investments Commission (ASIC)

i chose my area of study as it allowed me to follow the path of becoming an Event Manager, as well as providing me with broader opportunities if I decide to change careers.

The attraction of gaining experience in the workplace and putting my foot in the door was a key factor when i applied for IPP. It's an opportunity to get ahead of others who do not get the opportunity to gain industry experience during their bachelor degree. I feel it's a great way to stand out for crowd.

IPP has also provided me with a much clearer understanding of the expectations employers have in the industry.

My advice to new students is to definitely consider undertaking IPP. It opens so many opportunities, whilst you gain professional workplace skills. I am forever grateful for the opportunity I had at ASIC. It was a real eye-opener that university study alone cannot prepare you for.

Melissa Larkins

Degree: Bachelor of Science

Major/Minor: Microbiology/Environments

I love studying at the Gippsland campus due to its size. It is very easy to get lost among the crowds at larger universities campuses but at Gippsland, the lecturers and tutors know who you are. They are generally always available to assist you with any issues you have and concern themselves about your progress. You'll meet like minded people and make friends for life.

During my time at university I was lucky enough to be accepted into the Industry Placement Program. I worked for six months at the Department of Environments and Primary Industries as a fire ecologist. This gave me a great opportunity to apply what I learned during my university course to a practical job and also helped me decide in what direction I wanted to focus the rest of my degree. The program allowed me to grow and mature as a person and has given me valuable skills to use in my classes and also in my everyday life.

After completing my degree I would like to follow one of two paths. I would either like to become a mycologist, or a science communicator. communication in a media capacity but it depends on job availability.

Liam Bednarski

Degree: Bachelor of Business and Commerce

Major: Accounting

One of my tutors once said 'you come to university to learn how to learn' and that has stuck with me. Over my time at university I learnt to approach things from a more critical perspective, to evaluate in a different way.

I came to Gippsland Campus for the smaller class sizes as it created more of a personal approach, which I thought improved my learning experience immensely. This also has great social benefits it really is like a community. This enabled me to remain focused with great social opportunities while being able to maximise my studies with one to one learning time if needed.

The most valuable 'practical' part of my degree was my IPP placement this enabled me to gain real world experience, it put my studies into perspective and enabled me to understand why I was doing what I was doing at university. This enabled me to focus on completing my degree and gave me some direction into my career path.

Claire Smoorenburg

Degree: Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science

Major/Minor: Communications

The Gippsland Campus is truly a beautiful place to relax and study. The campus is surrounded by nature, walking tracks and a lake. Its environment is peaceful and ideal for study at all times across the campus whether it is in the library or outdoor areas. The best features of studying at Gippsland are approachable lecturers and making lasting friendships with class mates. Living on campus is very social and great fun living with friends and taking time out from study.

I am studying a double degree of science and professional communications. I will have minors in physiology and public relations and majors in medical bioscience and communications. This combines my passion for writing and speaking about medical science as well as conveying science knowledge into everyday language for others to understand. I am an ambassador of science communication in FedUni's 'LEAP…into science program' where I try to spark an interest for science in secondary school student from across Gippsland and Melbourne. I have held leadership positions such as being a student ambassador, Residential Advisor as well as co-creating a uni club - "The Wine and Cheese Appreciation Society". I will pursue a career as a medical science communicator.