Former international student Ravina Kamble says Victoria University's job skills training helped her to secure her first professional position in Australia before she had even graduated.
Ravina, who's from Mumbai in India, graduated from the Master of Engineering in Power Systems at Victoria University on December 12, 2018. But she started work as a Graduate Signal Engineer at JMD Railtech Group (JMDR) on December 1.
“During the 2nd year of my masters, I started participating in various activities like resume-building workshops, workshops for interview preparation, job fairs etc.
I also updated my LinkedIn profile and started following electrical based companies, when I came across the profile of JMDR."
“As the company was hiring graduates, I applied for the graduate internship. Through an interview, I got the internship starting in December, 2018.”
Ravina says she chose Victoria University because of its profile in her field. She had graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Mumbai University in 2015 and had been an active member of the Electrical Engineering Students' Association in Mumbai.
“When I was preparing myself for the process of studying abroad, Australia was on my list and when I was going through the profiles of various universities, the profile of Victoria University was outstanding compared to other universities. Hence I decided to apply for the Masters of Engineering (Power Systems). “What stood out for me at VU were the facilities, the quality of the professors and lecturers, the structure of the course, and the support for students to build their professional profile.
“I also liked the fact that VU provided security services for students, multicultural activities on campus, various clubs for social networking and exposure to students across the globe.”
Ravina's employer JMDR is a Railway Engineering company with more than 300 staff and sub-consultants. It's worked with large rail organisations in India, the UK and South East Asia, as well as Australia.
“My ambition is to gain experience and detailed knowledge of railway signalling,” says Ravina. “I also want to develop my skills in railway signalling software and project management. Within five years, I want to be a successful professional.”