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Students Sharpen Career Skills

Students Sharpen Career Skills

5 December 2017

After an intensive semester of rigorous analysis, mentoring, meetings and presentations, the winners of the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE) Special Industry Project course have been announced.

Winning team members Neeraja Shankar, Calvin Dicker and Charlotte Wong were among 13 CBE students selected to undertake the CBEA3001 Special Industry Project course in Semester Two.

The Special Industry Project centres around a series of industry-based workshops on management and strategy consulting delivered by experienced business practitioners. Working in teams of three or four, students also had the support of Strategy& consultants, the global strategy team within PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Participating students were presented with two business problems by this year’s participating business client Community Living Australia, a not-for-profit that supports people with a disability by providing services which help them exercise choice and control over their lives.

The students then developed viable and strategic solutions for their chosen business problem.

Winning team members Neeraja, Calvin and Charlotte jumped in head first hoping to challenge themselves and sharpen their employability by gaining skills they will use in the workforce.  They were grateful for the insight and support from their Strategy& mentors Max Burke and Florence Santana, and from course convenor and lecturer, Caitlin Hall-West.

“I really enjoyed being mentored by Max and Florence” said course participant Calvin Dicker.

“We were really lucky to have them. I think it was important to have their outside perspective and just have that real world experience.”

The students engaged in a series of competitive pitches, and despite the pressure of this activity, the team relished the opportunity to gain critical feedback on their work.

“It's a lot different from traditional courses at the ANU. It's really practical and hands on and it's more about what you want to get out of the course.  Irrespective of the field you go into, the skills that you gain are the kinds of analytical, logical thinking and communication skills that you're always going to be building on.

Caitlin Hall-West said that the greatest value for students was engaging with a business client.

“Interacting with executives in the client organisations appears to be both the most daunting and most rewarding part of this experience. When a CEO says that your idea is valuable and they are looking forward to implementing it, that would have to be the best kind of recognition,” said Caitlin.

The team’s business case provided actionable solutions in response to the National Disability Insurance Scheme regulation changes, which won over the panel of industry and academic judges, and most importantly the Community Living Australia CEO, Mark Kulinski.

The College of Business and Economics will be hosting an information session for the course on Tuesday 13th February 2018. In the meantime, students can find out more about CBEA3001 Special Industry Project, or apply for the Semester 1 2018 course.

Prospective industry partners can find out more about partnering with the College of Business and Economics through industry-based courses. For more information, please contact our Employability Team.

Updated:   21 December 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Dean, Business & Economics / Page Contact:  College Web Team