Professional placement at August transcript

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FREYA: I'm studying a Bachelor of Media & Communications (Professional) with a journalism major.

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The professional placement that I have undertaken here at August

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is actually a component of the degree that I have done, the professional degree.

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That was actually a key reason that I chose to come to Swinburne.

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Having had this actual in-industry experience

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it's informed me to some extent around what the professional environment looks like,

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so for example, the nitty gritty operational components of what goes on behind the scenes.

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I think the things that potentially you miss as a student.

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I think that having completed a placement, it will definitely give me a competitive edge.

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AZIZA: My name is Aziza.

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I completed my placement at August and I am currently working there full time as a copywriter.

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Coming in here and really enjoying a culture where I can talk to people

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and everyone is really generous and compassionate and talented at what they do

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it's really raised the bar about where I would want to work

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and really set some expectations around what I should expect for myself and what I really enjoy doing as well.

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ZOË: So we do design and develop websites, that's a big part of it

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but that also then moves through now to say digital strategies.

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I completed a placement when I was a student at Swinburne and so did our technical director Matt.

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We both got so much from it that we thought why don't we do the same thing.

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All the students that we've had come through on placements have all had a fantastic attitude.

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They jump in straight away.

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So often in their first weeks we even bring them directly into client meetings.

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By bringing in a new attitude and approach, the clients really engage with them.

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We get a lot from it. They're having input from day one.

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It's a great opportunity for developing a new talent and bringing in a constant pipeline

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of great new students that you can develop potentially into long term employees.

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AZIZA: I would say that your placement will allow you to try new things,

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show you what you enjoy doing, and give you the opportunity to work somewhere that

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could give you an amazing future as well.

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