Learning to lead

Learning to lead

Maryam Shariati 

You get to show employers what you can do and how well you can do it.

Maryam Shariati
Master of International Business, 2014

I really wanted to go further in my career and supplement my university learning with practical experience, so I chose to do an internship as part of my Master of International Business degree at Macquarie.

An internship is what sets you apart from everybody else and helps you become a professional. You spend all this time at uni trying to study and understand all these different theories. But you need that practical aspect to be able to apply what you’ve learned to a real workplace in a way that’s effective and makes a difference.

I did my internship at the Export Council of Australia. I was expecting a lot of coffee and lunch runs, but I didn’t have to do any of that. They put me in charge of projects and even asked me to develop a template for courses they were planning.

I got the chance to show what I could do and how well I could do it.

The biggest thing I learned from my internship was that when it comes to project management there is always going to be some sort of delay. In real life there are things that are going to get in the way, so you have to go back over your work and see how you can be more efficient.

It’s important for me to work in an environment where I am constantly learning and where there is support for growth. I’m now working in client management at Macquarie Group.

My internship was a really good experience, especially in terms of networking. It made me more confident and prepared me for what was waiting for me after uni.

With our internship opportunities, you’ll graduate from Macquarie with the practical skills and experience that open doors.

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