PACE (Professional and Community Engagement)

PACE (Professional and Community Engagement)

Get ahead of your peers

Macquarie’s multi award-winning PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program engages you in real-world learning activities with organisations across Australia and around the globe. Through PACE, you gain that all-important practical experience employers really value.

Integrated practical experience

All Macquarie bachelor degrees include at least one PACE unit, during which you’ll undertake a practical learning activity where you’ll explore key economic, social and ethical challenges by seeing first-hand how contemporary organisations address them. You get to contribute your knowledge, ideas and a fresh perspective to real-world projects which support the host organisation’s mission and objectives.

Learn from global leaders

The scope, scale and diversity of PACE is unmatched in the Australian higher education sector. We have a vast network of more than 3000 host organisations both within Australia and in more than 25 countries around the world.

The PACE difference

  • Learn from sector-leading professionals
  • Develop new knowledge and skills
  • Explore future career options
  • Build professional contacts and networks
  • Become job ready
  • Be exposed to new and diverse experiences
  • Demonstrate your ability to adapt to new environments
  • Develop cross-cultural competency
  • Become an informed global citizen
  • Contribute to positive social change

PACE – Cassidy Cross

Cassidy Cross, who graduated with a Bachelor of Marketing and Media, and now works at AMP Capital, undertook a PACE placement at the Zoo Aquarium Association.

While cute animals – Cassidy worked on a campaign promoting awareness of declining red panda populations – might seem a world away from the core business of AMP Capital, Cassidy says that her PACE experience had the dual benefit of helping her to develop the job-ready skills her employer wanted, as well as allowing her to explore her passion for conservation.

“I firmly believe having experience with a non-profit agency gave me something unique, something different to other graduates looking to get into financial services. My experience also tied in really well with subjects I was studying around brand purpose and corporate social responsibility.

Cassidy says the multidisciplinary nature of PACE and the broadmindedness of her placement manager couldn’t have better prepared her for her role at AMP Capital.

“In my PACE internship, my main tasks were around campaign development, but my manager was fantastic and helped me get exposure to a lot of other important things like stakeholder management. This mix of experience gave me the confidence to go after the jobs I really wanted, and ultimately helped me gain my graduate position at AMP Capital.”

PACE – Thomas Colquhoun

Thomas Colquhoun, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing, undertook a PACE placement at Interrelate, a not-for-profit provider of relationship services.

“During my placement, I worked on a project researching the best ways for parents to interact with their kids during each age/stage of growth. Following this, I was asked to test-run one of Interrelate’s new products and give feedback. My feedback was well received and I found myself helping to workshop courses and content more and more.”

One of the hallmarks of PACE is that it places students into real-world settings where they can develop their transferable skills and learn what employers expect of them.

“At Interrelate, I learned just how important it is to have a great relationship with your colleagues and supervisors. Because I made networking a priority, I found myself being considered for things that were above and beyond the job I was initially there to do.”

Following his six-week placement, Thomas had so impressed his employer that he was offered an internship. And, after interning for four months he was offered a contract role.

“At the conclusion of the PACE program, I was thrilled to receive a marketing internship, which allowed me to work on a range of marketing and customer experience projects. And now in my contract role, I’m working for the head of customer experience adapting content that would normally be delivered in-person to an online format.”

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