"As researchers, we know how rapidly technology and ideas change. It’s hard for us to also be across the trends in animation and online story-telling. It's rewarding to see a student make the connections between the concepts and content they have learnt during their degree and put this to practical use through a real-world implementation, complete with deadlines and budgets.
Students bring new ideas and approaches to existing problems and as a placement supervisor, I'm hoping to learn from them. At the same time, I want to support and encourage them to rapidly acquire new skills and take risks. One example of this was sending one of our placement students interstate to talk to a potential client on our behalf.
Students are looking for opportunities and experiences that will give them the edge, which is great for businesses. I would highly recommend the placements program to other organisations. We were so impressed with our very first professional placement student that we employed him as our lead animator for the next ten years."