When it comes to scoring the career you want, having a top-quality degree is only part of the story. If you want to land your ideal job, what you really need to do is hang around the clubs... and with us there are more options than any other WA uni.
All right, it’s not exactly what you think – although if dancing, thudding basslines and working up a sweat are your speed, we’ve got that covered too. No, what we mean are the UWA student clubs.
Example? As a Master of Professional Engineering student, Himanshi Satnani doesn’t even graduate until next year, but she has already lined up a job at mining giant Rio Tinto. And she wouldn’t have had the chance if she hadn’t been involved in the student club scene.
The key to her success, she says, was that she could network well with people in the industry: “I gained those skills over the years by immersing myself in student clubs.” Helping to run the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) gave her hands-on experience of working with people who had similar interests, and becoming sponsorship officer of the Science Union improved her networking skills as she called companies outside UWA to sponsor the group.
I gained those skills over the years by immersing myself in student clubs.
She also recommends going to as many university events as you can. “I attended multiple careers fairs, hosted not only by UWA but by university clubs. Get familiar with the industry representatives who attend these events because it’s usually the same people, and they can easily spot how committed you are by seeing you at multiple events. I ultimately got the Rio Tinto position by talking to the manager of Fixed Plants and Assets at a networking event.”
Now, as part of a two-year program when she leaves uni, she’ll get to work as a graduate mechanical engineer, rotating through new departments at Rio Tinto every six to eight months – and she has clubbing to thank.
It goes to show, it’s not just about what you learn in the classroom; you also need to immerse yourself in activities outside your studies. And at UWA, there’s a club for everyone – from anime to zoology, there are more than 150 to choose from.
By the way, if you think we tricked you to get you reading, give the Electronic Music Appreciation Society a look. We said we had you covered, remember?