Tayla was born in South Africa, raised in Dubai and fell in love with UWA when she came to visit in 2016. Studying a Bachelor of Commerce at UWA, majoring in economics and marketing, Tayla appreciated the diverse range of subjects and their adaptability, recognising their relevance to various industries. This was particularly valuable as she was still undecided about her future career path.
After graduating, Tayla kicked off her career with an internship at the mining company Roy Hill, later securing a place in Coca-Cola's supply chain management graduate program within the FMCG industry. Tayla is now a senior consultant in the Sourcing and Procurement Advisory Team at KPMG.
While pursuing her studies at UWA, Tayla successfully undertook an internship with Mars Incorporated where during her time there, she leveraged her learning experience to earn academic credits toward her degree. This experience helped Tayla decide that supply chain management was the career field for her.
"I think I truly wouldn't be where I am today without that (internship), but on top of that, the importance of linking theory to the practical real-world and getting a taste of the corporate world before you actually step into it after your degree, is what’s most valuable."Tayla, UWA Bachelor of Commerce Graduate
Here's her advice to students:
Our Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Commerce covers a diverse range of subjects essential for aspiring economic professionals, and our industry practicum is just one of the ways UWA is committed to getting our graduates career ready. Mark Bowden, Partner, Corporate Services Group Lead at KPMG Western Australia says that “when you're coming into a workforce it can be quite daunting, you're 21, 22 years old and you're coming into an organization of 10,000 people. You've got to be ready for it and the UWA graduates that we have are often mature, they are ready to contribute into the workplace and they're always quite keen and ambitious as well.”
"I think it's getting involved in as many societies or committee events, even if you don't join the actual committee, just get involved in those aspects. Looking back now, there are a lot of conversations that I had with people at those society networking events that have led me to where I am today, and I think small conversations or internships that those link to all add up when you try to find the job that you want to find."Tayla, UWA Bachelor of Commerce Graduate
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