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Real Business : Issue 2 2009
I would certainly recommend an internship because it gives a student a great foot in the door. An internship off ers valuable resume-fi lling experience, which can only benefi t you in the future. When accounting graduates are all vying for the same sorts of job opportunities, those with relevant work experience, such as an internship, will be best placed. While we cannot guarantee anything, we always consider interns such as Andrew for employment if graduate or junior accounting positions become available, well before we advertise positions on the open market. Th at is one of the benefi ts an intern has over other students – we know them and they know us. ANDREW CANNELLA I was attracted to accounting because it’s a fi eld with lots of career prospects. Since accounting is very dynamic, CPA Program is also always changing and innovating. I decided to do a double degree at Adelaide University, Australia. I’ve just completed my fi rst degree in accounting and I will fi nish my legal degree in about 18 months. I applied to do a six-week CPA Australia Internship Program placement and was accepted at BAE Systems, reporting to Paula. Initially, I was quite intimidated by her, because you want to impress your boss and let them know they’ve made a good choice in hiring you. As we worked together longer, I grew more comfortable and felt that Paula grew to trust me. I had intended to take the semester off to travel but told Paula that I would be available after my six weeks were up if she needed me. Ultimately, she extended my internship to three months! “THE INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT HAS GIVEN ME A LOT OF CONFIDENCE. FOR SOMEONE WHO HASN’T FINISHED STUDYING, IT INSPIRES YOU TO CONTINUE.” I have never worked in an offi ce environment before and, while university teaches you the theory, I wasn’t sure how I would cope applying that in the real world. Paula and the team were happy to share their knowledge and their experience. Everyone takes their role very seriously. While each person works independently and has their own responsibilities, they are reliant on each other performing their duties for the whole team to achieve their goals. Th e fi nance department was very warm and supportive and it was great to make some friends and feel like I was part of the team. Paula is the fi nancial accounting manager at BAE Systems. I was impressed with how driven and diligent she is and I was really surprised at how many meetings she has to attend in order to keep everything working smoothly. Because BAE Systems is such a big enterprise, communication is vital. Working with Paula taught me the value of being prepared and to expect the unexpected. I don’t know that I taught Paula anything, but the younger generation is more computer savvy, so I’d like to think that I contributed there. I spent quite a bit of my time at BAE Systems working in assets. One month, I got to close the period ends, which was quite nerve-wracking. I also got to spend some time working in the taxation department and I really enjoyed that experience. It presented a number of problems that required critical thinking and I got to use some of my legal knowledge. Th e internship placement has given me a lot of confi dence. You get a taste of how you’ll be applying your studies and, for someone like me who hasn’t fi nished studying, it inspires you to continue. I’ve encouraged my friends to apply for an internship. It’s also given me a clearer picture of what I want to do with my career. I am keen to do an overseas secondment at some point so a bigger company, such as BAE Systems, would be a good employer for me. For more information, visit BAE Systems www.baesystems.com HOW TO APPLY To be eligible to take part in the Internship Program, you need to register as a CPA Passport student. You also need to be over 18 years old, currently completing a tertiary degree accredited by CPA Australia and be eligible to work in the market to which you are applying. Employer internship opportunities will be posted on the CPA Careers website in September 2009. Applications for these opportunities will be accepted soon after. Watch out for more information on the CPA Careers website and in our weekly e-newsletter CPA Update. To join CPA Passport to be eligible for the internship program and to start receiving CPA Update, see www.cpacareers.com.au/joinnow. GET A HEAD START STUDENT SELECTION PROCESS Students will go through a formal application process to assess their suitability for placements. Employers will consider such things as academic achievement, work experience, skills and extra-curricular activities when selecting students to undertake internships. Applications don’t open until September but this shouldn’t stop you from getting prepared. It’s important that you consider your application carefully to give yourself the best chance of gaining a great placement. Check out the CPA Careers website www.cpacareers.com.au for tips on writing your resume and application letter as well as how to survive the interview process. 17 16-17_TwoMindsv4_RB907.indd 17 16-17_TwoMindsv4_RB907.indd 17 OK WITH CORRECTIONS DESIGN EDITORIAL PUBLISHER CLIENT By signing your initials in the space provided you are either approving this layout or authorising the listed changes. CORRECTIONS TO MAKE DATE OK DESIGN EDITORIAL PUBLISHER CLIENT ADVERTISING 9/07/2009 5:28:22 PM 9/07/2009 5:28:22 PM
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