My time as an Intern at WBA

No matter how many classes you attend at university nothing can prepare you for the work place, rather than experiencing it firsthand. At the beginning of 2017 I was 6 months away from completing my degree, but realized that I had no professional experience working in a sector that I was hoping to get into after my degree was completed.

Once I came to this realization I enrolled in a business practicum unit and was given placement at the Wanneroo Business Association, a not-for-profit organisation that has a large network of businesses that come together for casual catch ups, golf days, advisory sessions and a range of other events designed around local businesses networking.

Throughout my time at my placement I was given my own event to plan, execute and wrap up. This event was the Meet the Intern/ Local Businesses Sundowner, where local businesses and ECU students could come together to network and exchange information and conversation around the possibilities of gaining work experience or internship placements.

During the time of planning and executing this event I develop a range of skills and experience that I had been previously lacking from liaising with important personal and the correct way to communicate with these persons. Creating event run sheets and schedules to ensure that aspects of the event are running on time and involved the correct details. Using event advertising sites to attract businesses and students to attend the event and the correct way to write up these advertisements. I have also developed and built on my leadership skills as I have overseen the main aspects of the event and ensuing that everything that is needed is in the correct placement when the event is conducted.

With the skills and experience I have gained from working with the Wanneroo Business Association and after completing my degree I hope to further develop myself and career through transferring the skills and knowledge I have developed into an event management role in an organisation where I will be able to plan and execute events on a larger scale.

By being involved in a work placement program, I could develop skills and gain experience that I would have never been able to develop before entering a career. But with these skills I can now enter my career with confidence of knowing the main aspects that are involved in planning, executing and wrapping up events. I would highly recommend completing a work placement to students as I have grown my skills and professional manner throughout my time on work placement.

Kate Blanchard - Studying HR and events at ECU School of Business and Law


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