'In my final semester, I did an internship with the Queensland Government’s Public Service Commission as a work-integrated-learning unit. This was an elective offered to final year HR students and was a great way to conclude my HR business degree as it allowed me to combine all of my learnings in a practical real-world environment. With the placement opportunities given to me by QUT and the confidence I grew with my career whilst studying, I was in a great position after graduating to start my career.'
'QUT offered a practical and varied approach to learning that I found extremely beneficial. Some subjects had online weeks where the lecture and tutorial was delivered online - this prepared us for working within geographically dispersed teams, where the only way to meet is via online teleconferences. Practical assessments made it easier for me to apply my theoretical knowledge to situations I encountered at work.'
Dr Penny Williams is a senior lecturer in the School of Management with more than 15 years experience in corporate HR and strategic consultancy roles, working across public and private sectors, both nationally and internationally. Dr Williams is also an active researcher in her field, with a focus on how work is changing, and the challenges that technology, digital platforms, and new modes of employment present to organisations, individuals and wider society. Her combination of industry experience and research thought leadership provides QUT HRM students with the reassurance that their study is preparing them for the real world.
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