Work experience gives ICMS students the edge
It takes more than studying academic subjects to succeed in today’s competitive job market, a reality embraced by the International College of Management Sydney (ICMS) with 100% of students gaining work experience before they graduate.
Alongside the challenging academic curriculum, the 6-9 month work placement program is an integral component of every ICMS course and degree. All students have the opportunity to learn the key requirements of their chosen career focus area in the actual engine room of industry.
Real life work experience translates into real life success for ICMS graduates, almost 90% of whom graduate with a job in their chosen field (ICMS internal survey). This outcome can be directly tied to more than 400 industry partners aligned with the College and its career-focused curriculum.
“Our industry contacts are your industry contacts,” ICMS Founder and President Darryl Courtney-O’Connor tells students. Owing to the depth and breadth of the industry partners with whom ICMS collaborates, students can find a placement that truly suits them.
ICMS places such a premium on industry placements because this experience offers students an inside track to a job in their chosen profession. It’s a win-win-win scenario, for the students, the industry partners and for ICMS itself.
“ICMS puts student outcomes as paramount as they are the key to our reputation,” Courtney-O’Connor said.
The ICMS graduate employment rate is better than the top 2 QS ranked Australian Universities. The latest QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching) survey showed that more than three quarters of ICMS students have a full time job within four months of graduation. () ICMS believes that it is the quality of the theory taught in the castle on the hill in Manly, combined with the compulsory work placement students undertake as part of their degree, that results in ICMS students getting such good outcomes in the job market.
Spending time in corporate corridors gives students the practical experience they need to succeed after graduation. Students have the opportunity to practise the theories taught in the classroom, and add value to the work environment in which they are placed.
Mikey Foley from Ubisoft said the company had been working with ICMS students for a while now, and the passion of the students shone through in their work placement. This passion and energy can be channelled and used by the company for its own benefit.
"It’s really nice to be their introduction to the working world and to help them along the way.”
The dual approach of working and doing clearly underpins the success of ICMS graduates.
For example, a training placement at the Reserve Bank of Australia while at ICMS kickstarted Property Management graduate career in property. “I gained valuable experience in facilities management, engaging with stakeholders and managing projects," he said.
Bachelor of Sports Management Gemma Allen asserts that her ICMS industry experience working in Membership and Ticketing at the Australian Rugby Union made it easier for her to gain a similar role at the Wests Tigers within months of graduating.
Alicia owns her own business in Bali. She said her ICMS industry placement at the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney was key in giving her a greater understanding of what it took to understand a client and deliver what they wanted. “For me it was a great experience. It was a first, true taste of what the hospitality industry was like.”
And working at the Australian Bridal Service (ABS) during her industry placement helped Events Management student Sarah discover where her strengths and talents lie, so she can pursue them right after graduating.
“Industry training has helped me work out where I want to head in my career … I discovered I want to work in the operations and logistics side as I like to organise and improve efficiency,” said. “I am now working at ABS for two days a week in administration as I am not available to take on a bigger role during my studies. However, I do hope to work there full time after I graduate.”