ICMS alumna Rajeshree Jadav discovered that an Australian internship helped her bridge the gap between the corporate experience she had gained working in her home country of India, and the fulfilling international career she desired. She built her resume, developed contacts and enhanced her confidence by taking on an Australian internship – which was included as part of her degree.
“When you come to Australia to study, of course your degree is important. But think beyond that – you also have to take initiative to learn skills that you would love to perform at your work. Think creatively, think about what the future business would need and learn those skills. I definitely suggest that while one finishes their study, they don’t just come out with a degree, but also with some experiences, some extra certifications, some extra knowledge, that would then help them to get the exact job they want,” she advises.
In 2018 Rajeshree left a solid but slightly unchallenging role in India to take on an ICMS Master of International Business in Sydney, NSW, Australia. She completed this postgraduate qualification in 2020 with an impressive two Postgraduate Innovation Scholarships.
While studying, she sought meaningful work experience to add to her resumé. Through the ICMS internship, which is a compulsory part of all ICMS degrees, Rajeshree embraced the opportunity to receive cultural learning while getting practical training in the area in which she saw herself working in future.
“Back in India, I worked as a system analyst for an IT company. I worked with hundreds of other employees and I had the same job every day. There was nothing creative and I didn’t have the decision-making power in that role. After three years of working in that role I finally decided that I needed to step up, get a Master’s degree and level up in my career and get a job that lets me decide, gives me the power to make decisions in a company and create a difference,” Rajeshree said.
“When I first moved here, I was studying, but I was also consistently looking for a job that would suit my career prospects. However, finding a job was not at all easy because the work culture here is very different compared to what it was in India. Back in India, it was very easy for me to find a job, but here in Sydney, I had to actually take efforts and develop extraordinary skills, develop the kind of communication they have here and get used to the cultural differences.”
By choosing the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS), Rajeeshree’s Australian internship was a built-in part of her degree course. Having access to an Australian internship means that every student will get the same work experience and cultural learning that has placed Rajeshree on the fast-track in her career and which ultimately led to her current position as Operations Officer at Cashrewards, Australia’s leading savings and cashback site.
Rajeshree reckons that completing her Australian internship definitely helped her in building her career.
“At my first internship I was making a business plan for the company. The idea was out-of-the-box and it didn’t exist there. So I was helping them build this business plan that could help us partner with other companies. It was like a barter system where we give you services and then you give us something in return. And we benefit from the partnership.” Rajeshree said.
Her communication skills and confidence grew as her Australian internship progressed.
She took more than one internship to get the exposure to different roles and responsibilities. “Every business is different and we would have to discuss the requirements with company leaders; we would have presentations and meetings with companies to discuss our needs and their needs, develop more unusual ideas and we created a plan based on that. (My experience) was really out-of-the-box and something I had never done before (in my previous role in India). I had the power to make decisions, to conduct meetings, to meet different company leaders. That helped me then move onto a professional internship, which I did at Tirian innovative consultancy, because I had the confidence that I was now ready to take on bigger roles, think innovatively, and help a business that can then further grow with my help. At Tirian I worked as an Executive Assistant to the business owners and went out of my ways to learn and apply new skills and knowledge I had gained”
Rajeshree strongly advises students who travel to Australia for education purposes to look beyond the coursework and gain global experience. Rajeshree also engaged herself in campus activities and started a club for other Indian and Nepalese students and hosted numerous cultural activities for students on campus. “ICMS encourages students to have their own club or join one so it can not only be a great addition to the resume but also allows students to explore their interests along with other students who share similar interest,” she said.
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