Announcing five creative and passionate Victorian secondary students who won our Work Experience of a Lifetime competition.
Each winner faced strong competition to win a high profile work placement and mentoring opportunity. They will each spend a week with some of Australia’s top companies as part of the initiative.
VU’s inaugural Work Experience of a Lifetime competition encouraged students to get excited about their future careers, and the results have been phenomenal. Close to 300 Year 10 and 11 students submitted entries. Their schools and communities got behind them with campaigns on social media to generate an incredible 5000 shares.
Students from across the state shared one thing in their entries: passion for their future careers and the willingness to be creative. The judging panel had the challenging role of assessing the applications which included creative images, short videos and compelling essays.
VU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Dawkins, was extremely impressed with the creativity and enthusiasm of students’ entries for the project.
“The high standard of the visual and written submissions demonstrates that Victorian secondary students are passionate about seeking valuable work placements and gaining access to real world experience to take charge of their own career path."
Noah Churches from Diamond Valley College won the advertising placement and is excited to find out what it’s really like to work in this fast-paced industry at award-winning advertising agency, Leo Burnett.
“I love producing videos and short films so this is an amazing opportunity to discover how my passion could be applied to this industry by working with one of the world’s most creative agencies. My video entry took over six hours to create and I enjoyed every minute,” Noah said.
Anet McClintock, an aspiring musician studying Year 11 at Covenant College in Geelong sees the experience as the chance of a lifetime. Her prize will see her spend the July school holidays immersed in the musical operations of the Mushroom Group, Australia’s largest independent music and entertainment company.
Other winners included Elisa Tohi and Rosette Davin - both of Marian College in Sunshine - who respectively received the Nova Radio and Just Group placement, and Camberwell Grammar School’s Mike Schumann, who will work at Honda.
We will follow the journey of all these award-winning students on their ‘path to victory’ as they gain experience in organisations that are well beyond the normal networks of most work experience seekers.
Honda - Mike Schumann - Camberwell Grammar School
Leo Burnett - Noah Churches Diamond Valley College
Mushroom - Anet McClintock Covenant College, Geelong
Nova - Elisa Tohi Marian College, Sunshine West
The Just Group - Rosette Davin Marian College, Sunshine West
People's Choice winners
Rosette Davin - Marian College, Sunshine West
Elisa Tohi - Marian College, Sunshine West
Pele SooChoon - Marian College, Sunshine West
Mikhaela Cugliari - Catholic Regional College, Caroline Springs
Ashley Curtis - Notre Dame College, Shepparton