In retrospect, it was really similar to working in an organisation, but with the added benefits of support from our academic supervisors and the secure environment of a classroom. It was a great way to experience working on a project before I graduated. One of the highlights was that by the end of the unit, we actually created a working prototype that exceeded the client’s expectations.
A key takeaway from the capstone unit was completing the project from start to finish. By experiencing all elements of a project, you will gain a better understanding of what is expected from your role while preparing you for the workforce. Not only did it give me eye-opening insights, it also assisted in building my portfolio, which is a key aspect in job seeking for me.
I encourage students to take on a capstone unit where they can. It is an invaluable way to get that little taste of industry experience whilst completing your studies.