Victoria’s Brightest Young Minds Awarded Major Career Kick-start

Victoria’s Brightest Young Minds Awarded Major Career Kick-start

Victoria’s rising student stars are set to benefit from a rare opportunity to work directly with some of Australia’s top brands including BONDS, Mushroom Group, Leo Burnett, Nova Entertainment, Hacer Group, HM Group and Quest, thanks to a unique program at Victoria University.

Offering seven bright sparks the Work Experience of a Lifetime, Victoria University’s interactive online competition challenged Year 10 and 11 students state-wide to showcase their career passion in a compelling visual or written entry. Winners were selected by an expert panel and are now preparing to take part in a week-long, immersive work and mentoring experience in September.

Professor Peter Dawkins, Vice-Chancellor and President of Victoria University, said two additional placements are being offered this year, along with a more diverse range of partner organisations, following a strong response to the inaugural Work Experience of a Lifetime program in 2014.

“More than 60,000 pupils undertake in excess of 4 million hours of work experience every year with the hope of uncovering insights into their potential future. Victoria University believes it is vital that students, educators and businesses all work together to ensure every hour of that time is well-spent and we are proud to be supporting top student talent in their career development,” he said.

Winner, Carlin Stephenson from Brentwood Secondary College, said the opportunity to work with global advertising firm Leo Burnett is a key step towards attaining his dream career.

“Securing meaningful work experience is difficult, so having the ability to learn from the most creative people in the industry is going to be amazing. Being able to say that I’ve worked with one of the top five advertising agencies in the world will be a great honour,” Carlin said.

Andrew Woodhead, Creative Director at Leo Burnett Melbourne, said his team is dedicated to fostering talent and believes the structured placement will provide a fantastic overview of the workings of an integrated agency.

“Carlin will be immersed from day one in a range of disciplines which will help him develop a sound understanding of the opportunities within the industry. He’ll get a taste of the filming, design and sound production involved in creating some of Australia’s most recognisable brand campaigns for the likes of Honda, 7-Eleven and Peters Ice Cream,” he said.

Anet McClintock, a 2014 winner, said her Work Experience of a Lifetime with Australias largest independent music and entertainment businesses, Mushroom Group, was extremely valuable.

“I gained unforgettable insights about the music business from Mushrooms incredible team. I definitely want a career in this industry and Id do my placement again in a heartbeat,” she said.

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