Each year, the Centre for Work Integrated Learning (WIL) offers a number of student awards, which are announced at an annual ceremony. Student award winners engage in a variety of Work Integrated Learning activities and events throughout the year, including the annual Work Integrated Learning Expos.
Banking & Finance Award
Sponsored by Berkley Capital Partners
Hayden Eastwood, 2015 recipient
"VU's Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program facilitated my transition from University into the real life business world.
My experience at RetireInvest Financial Planning proved to be invaluable. I was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build upon my academic knowledge and gain further insights into financial planning. I was given the ability to interact with clientele on a professional level, develop complex client reviews and network with industry experts. My dedication to the program led to attaining a full-time position within the firm upon graduation.
For a student looking to excel and maintain a competitive edge over their peers, I would certainly recommend undertaking this highly advantageous program."
The banking and finance sector offers rewarding and exciting career opportunities in banking, superannuation, financial planning, lending, insurance, stockbroking and investment advice.
Event Management Award
Sponsored by Western Bulldogs Football Club
Jeanine Howton, 2015 recipient
"During the Co-operative Education program I worked full time at Engineers Australia as the events and marketing administrator. In this high volume and exhilarating role, I worked with some inspiring women including two who secured their roles through the same program at VU! It was fiercely motivating to work with and learn from such a relentlessly dedicated team.
Throughout this process I maintained casual work at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and volunteered at various events. Immersing myself in the industry has allowed for a fully integrated working understanding of all facets of this industry. This enthusiasm has gained me the recognition of two industry awards – the Victorian Tourism Industry Council Todd Blake Student Award and the International Congress and Convention Association Student Scholarship."
The events industry offers varied work opportunities in highly diverse environments. Students work at entry-level positions for various corporate, sporting and community events, conventions and meetings in marketing, operations, administration and co-ordination roles.
Hospitality Management Award
Sponsored by Crown Hotels
Francesco (Frank) Bonadio, 2015 recipient
"The Victoria University Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program has been an invaluable experience. I was fortunate to be employed by my preferred company, Crown Melbourne. My Co-Operative Education placement exposed me to many business units. I have been able to model myself on many leadership and management styles to form my own management approach. The WIL program opened these doors and made my dream career possible. I am now an assistant restaurant manager at Conservatory, learning from the best, and I couldn't be happier."
Co-op Education students work in a range of hotels in Australia and overseas. Positions range from front-office service to human resources, finance, sales and marketing.
Human Resource Management Award
Sponsored by Fair Work Australia Ombudsman
Annie Stevens, 2015 recipient
"My Work Integrated Learning (WIL) year has enabled me to gain invaluable workplace experience in the human resource sector through working at the Department of Education and Training.
This experience enabled me to apply academic theory to the application of human resource principles including recruitment, employee relations and payroll. After completing the WIL program I was able to secure an ongoing position as a human resource consultant and would highly recommend the WIL program to all business students to give them a competitive advantage as a graduate."
Human resource professionals deal with issues that affect people as employees of an organisation. They are directly involved with recruitment and employment, training and the development of company policies and procedures.
Sponsored by Malthouse Theatre
Michael McBean, 2015 recipient
"The Work Integrated Learning program was the most rewarding and beneficial part of my university experience. Working as the marketing intern at Destination Melbourne helped me to gain real industry experience and to build on the academic learnings of my Bachelor of Business (Marketing). Within the program I was encouraged to take ownership of my role and to implement change for the benefit of the organisation.
My time at Destination Melbourne opened my eyes to the workings of the Victorian tourism industry, enabled me to build an extensive professional network and led to several employment opportunities."
Business marketing students are employed in various roles ranging from sales to marketing support and analysts, spanning many business sectors. They're vibrant and innovative, and able to generate new ideas and concepts for advertising.
Tourism Management Award
Sponsored by Eureka Skydeck
Sarah McIvor, 2015 recipient
"My year of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at Choice Hotels has proven to be invaluable. The skills I developed and the ongoing support by the team at Choice Hotels allowed me to gain a strong understanding of hotel management, online travel agents and the various functions of a hotel franchise.
The WIL experiences provided me with a strong basis for my career in tourism and allowed me to advance into other areas of business. If you want to have the competitive edge and really open doors on completion of your studies at Victoria University the Work Integrated Learning program is the way to do it."
WIL students are active across all sectors of the tourism industry, working with high profile organisations locally including Tourism Victoria and Destination Melbourne, as well at Disney World in Florida, and with attractions, tour operators/wholesalers and travel companies around Australia, the UK and USA.
Previous award recipients
2014 WIL Award winners
|Award recipient||Award & sponsor|
|Katherine Pham||Accounting Award - Sponsored by PKF Lawler|
|Urbano Laa||Banking & Finance Award - Sponsored by Berkley Capital Partners|
|Luke Renehan||Event Management Award - Sponsored by Western Bulldogs Football Club|
|Diem Ngoc Nguyen||Hospitality Management Award - Sponsored by Crown Hotels|
|Peter D'Agata||Human Resource Management Award - Sponsored by Fair Work Australia|
|Emma Landolina||Marketing Award - Sponsored by Malthouse Theatre|
|Hannah Habgood||Tourism Management - Sponsored by Australian Pacific Touring|
2013 WIL Award winners
|Award recipient||Award & sponsor|
|Matthew Alamby||Accounting Award - BSA Partnership Award|
|Sean Callery||Banking & Finance Award - Sponsored by Berkley Capital Partners|
|Nicole Maher||Event Management Award - Sponsored by Western Bulldogs Football Club|
|Keaton Male||Hospitality Management Award - Sponsored by Crown Towers, Crown Metropol and Crown Promenade Hotel|
|Verity Harris||Marketing Award - Sponsored by Malthouse Theatre|
|Tessa McLachlan||Tourism Management - Australian Pacific Touring Award|
2012 WIL Award winners
2012 Business and Laws Awards news page lists all the award recipients.
|Award recipient||Award & sponsor|
|Oladokun Omibiyi||Accounting Award - Sponsored by Lawler Draper Dillon|
|Konstantina Tsimiklis||Banking & Finance Award - Sponsored by Berkley Capital Partners|
|Nicole Vaughan||Event Management Award - Sponsored by Western Bulldogs Football Club|
|Zoe Gnaden||Hospitality Management Award - Sponsored by Crown Towers, Crown Metropol and Crown Promenade Hotel|
|Elias Assaf||Human Resource Management Award - Sponsored by Fair Work Ombudsman|
|Andrew Fame||International Trade Award - Sponsored by ANL Container Line|
|Taha Khan||Law Award - Sponsored by Robert Stary and Associates|
|Anastasia Keras||Marketing Award - Sponsored by Malthouse Theatre|
|Megan Walendy||Tourism Management - Australian Pacific Touring Award|
|Travis Banko||Music Industry Award - Sponsored by Valleyarm|
2011 WIL Award winners
|Student||Award and Sponsor|
|Sarah DeFazio||Accounting - BSA Partnership|
|Anthony Denaro||Banking and Finance - Berkley Capital Partners|
|Alex Perry||Event Management - Western Bulldogs Football Club Award|
|Jean-Luc Giuca||Hospitality Management - Crown Towers, Crown Metropol,
and Crown Promenade Hotel Award
|Jahnika McGrath||Human Resource Management - Fair Work Ombudsman Award|
|Edison Ta||International Trade - ANL Container Line Award|
|Lisa McNicholas||Law - Robert Stary and Associates Award|
|Thomas Paton||Marketing - Western Bulldogs Football Club Award|
|Chloe Tubbs||Tourism Management - Australian Pacific Touring Award|