In the fast lane: an internship success story
The decision to move from Bathurst to study a Bachelor of Business Administration at Macquarie University was an easy one for Nicola King.
"I knew a business degree from Macquarie would prepare me for a career in business because it has a fantastic reputation. I was so excited when I began my course, but knew I wanted to do more to set my degree apart."
Setting herself apart
Whilst speaking with one of her lecturer's, Dr. Leanne Carter, Nicola discovered the way in which she could gain real life business experience to complement her degree – this was through an internship.
"Leanne suggested I look into an internship while I was studying, as this would be a great way to put into practice what I was learning."
Pursuing a passion
With a passion for motorsport and coming from Bathurst, Nicola had always wanted to work for V8 Supercars.
"I thought what better to see if this career path and industry was all that I imagined it to be and potentially something I wanted to pursue once I graduated."
Nicola enrolled in FBE 200: Professional and Community Engagement, and began her internship working with V8 Supercars 2 days a week whilst continuing full-time study.
"It wasn't easy to balance work and study in the beginning – but I soon realised that I had to be organised, manage my time effectively and plan ahead."
Nicola's top tips when it comes to working as an intern are:
- Show initiative and put your hand up to do lots of different tasks
- Don't be afraid to ask for help and remember why you are there - to learn
- Have a passion for the industry or role you are looking to complete an internship in
- Expect to work hard – the benefits outweigh any negatives.
"My internship experience has made me more confident, better organised and given me to chance to build strong business relationships through networking."
The road ahead
Nicola is now about to commence her final semester of study and has continued her internship with V8 Supercars throughout her degree.
"One of the best things about my internship has been the ability for me to identify my weaknesses, and as a result I have been able to take up subjects at uni to improve my skills in those areas."
Following her graduation next year, Nicola intends to pursue a full time career in motorsport.
"I have had the opportunity to work on real business projects like planning events, working with corporate sponsors and have been mentored by my senior managers. This has definitely made me sure that a career in motorsport is what I want to pursue after graduation."
Image: Nicola King with her supervisor, Luke Wilson.
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