Jim Parashos' career took flight and continues to soar, thanks to the practical work experience offered at VU.
"My love of travel inspired my interest in tourism management as a profession. VU helped me secure a work placement at Melbourne Airport during my studies, which led to a permanent position that served as the springboard for my career.
VU's co-op program opened my eyes about working in the real world. At Melbourne Airport I learned to manage my time, prioritise tasks and deal with people within and outside my job.
After Melbourne Airport, I moved to Tourism Victoria as a manager of aviation projects, then to Darwin to become the aviation development director at Northern Territory Airports. My role expanded into airline development and passenger-related commerce activities at Darwin and Alice Springs Airports.
For the past four years I have worked at Brisbane Airport Corporation and have been promoted from head of aviation business development, to executive general manager – aviation.
This industry is ultimately a people business. Working hard as a team player and honesty are key to success."