VU Logistics Graduate with the Department of Defence
Before I started studying, I did various admin jobs. I kind of just felt like I was doing a job, going to work 9:00 until 5:00, and I really wanted to have a career, something to really get up for in the morning
My name's Sally, and I'm a Logistics graduate with the Department of Defence in the Capability, Acquisition, and Sustainment Group.
The grad program that I'm on here at Defence allows me to be able to do rotations, so in my first 18 months, I'm already doing three different jobs, learning so much about defence, and about the wider defence capabilities. I'm working with people that I may have never had the opportunity to work with, and taking from them all their experiences, and learning from them.
Going back to study wasn't easy. I actually failed my first assessment, which was a bit of a rude awakening, and I realised I needed to work on it, and I had all the resources that I needed at VU.
I was able to go over to Cambodia and volunteer as a business analyst, and have that credited to my degree, as well as spending my final semester at Coles.
And because of my studies at VU, I was able to apply for the most employable graduates competition, and I was fortunate enough to make it to the top five position, which I think was hugely aided by my studies and the practical learning that I had received.
Lecturer, Victoria University
I think VU has a reputation for producing students who are work-ready, that they can actually go into a position in an industry and be effective right from the start.
In the final interview for my grad job here at Department of Defence, we were given a scenario-based question, and we had to tell them how we would solve the problem as a supply chain manager.
So all my practical experience with VU, combined with the theory that I had learnt, meant that I knew how to answer that question, and meant I wasn't as nervous. I could just give real life examples as I'd learnt.
I definitely feel now that I'm not just getting up and working a 9:00 until 5:00 job. I feel like I've really got a career path set before me, so I'm excited to see where it takes me.