Victoria University launches work experience of a lifetime campaign

Victoria University is seeking to give 60,000 Victorian high school students access to five companies as part of the university’s Work Experience of a Liftetime campaign, with Nova Group and Leo Burnett amongst them.

Open to year 10 and 11 students in Victoria, the interactive online competition will help to provide students with meaningful work experience, with places available at the Mushroom Group, Nova FM, Honda, Just Group and Leo Burnett.

Professor Peter Dawkins, vice-chancellor and president of Victoria University, said: “Most Year 10 and 11 students try to secure two weeks of work experience each year which means that, in any given year, there may be more than 60,000 kids undertaking in excess of 4 million hours of work experience. Whether you’re a business, teacher, parent, or student, it is up to all of us to help ensure that every hour of this is well-spent and that participants get the real world experience they need to succeed in their professional lives.

“Victoria University has a long tradition of connecting students with high-profile organisations so they can gain experience that matches their career interests. The Australia-first Work Experience of a Lifetime project takes this one step further as we seek to give high school students the opportunity to gain invaluable experience and insights into what it’s like to work in some of the most exciting and competitive local industries.”

Entries to the Work Experience of a Lifetime competition are open until June 6 and require students to upload a written and visual submission showcasing their passion for an industry represented by one of Victoria University’s participating company partners.

Winners will be selected shortly after and the program will run for one week in the July school holidays.

Ian James, managing director of Mushroom Group and adjunct professor in the College of Business at Victoria University, said: “The Mushroom Group covers all aspects of the business – records, publishing, touring, booking, merchandising, film and television – and the successful student will have the opportunity to meet the people who make things happen and learn what it really takes for an act to succeed. They will also learn what qualities are needed if they are to progress their own career.”



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