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Turning an internship into a full-time job

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It’s hardly news that internships and work experience are vital components of any good resume. They’re one of the best ways to guarantee being a cut above other applicants and can bring significant rewards for students who volunteer their time to gain experience in the field. Completing an internship not only provides the opportunity to further your industry experience and enhance your readiness for the workplace, but can also lead to full-time work after university if the internship goes well.

For recent Bachelor of Accounting graduate Sanjay Ghatani, undertaking Work Integrated Learning (WIL) was the perfect way to gain some real-world experience and apply the knowledge he’d learned during his studies at the University of Canberra. After completing an internship with Canberra-based accounting firm, Tailored Accounts, Sanjay was later offered a full-time position with the company.

We caught up with Sanjay to hear more about his work experience, and how to make the most of an internship while at university.

Fostering relationships with industry professionals

After landing the internship through the AccountantChange Program, Sanjay was excited to learn some of the core skills that would be necessary to be an accountant while meeting with industry professionals who could offer him advice.

Most notably, Sanjay got to network with UC alumnus and CEO of Tailored Accounts, Harry Hoang, who he described as being especially helpful during the internship.

"I got the chance to develop both social and technical skills, which help me in my work place while I am dealing with my clients and preparing financial statements," Sanjay said.

My favourite part was the culture in the office, which was cooperative. The CEO Harry Hoang is very supportive and always inspired me to learn new skills.

Making the most of an internship

At the beginning of his internship, Sanjay was nervous to get started but found that his degree went a long way in helping him adjust.

"The degrees at the University of Canberra are practical and useful, which really helped me to be a qualified candidate for the role," he said.

"I was a bit nervous and excited when I was started the internship, but I was in an awesome environment which helped me quickly adjust in that situation."

While his studies helped him prepare for an internship, he also noted that joining social clubs at university is a great way to learn some of the best ways to make the most of an internship.

Try to participate in as many programs, workshops and relevant clubs as you can, which will all help you in your career in different ways. Learn new skills as often as you can.

He also highly recommends the AccountantChange Program to students who are looking to embark on an internship, which he says develops your social and technical skills even further.

From intern to employed accountant

Following a successful internship, Sanjay was lucky enough to be offered a full-time role with the company, because of his hard work and drive.

"At the end of my internship, Harry offered for me to stay on permanently as a staff member. I was so happy!" Sanjay said.

Now that he works for the company, Sanjay applies the knowledge he learned from university to work on a daily basis in a field that he loves.

I feel like I am the luckiest person in the world.