Meet Michael, Australia's Top Commerce Student

Posted by Michael Stocks

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The Woolworths Business & Commerce Award Category of the Top100 Future Graduates competition was an incredible process to be a part of from day one to finish, testing the presence of attributes that graduate employers want to see in their candidates. I entered not really knowing what quite to expect and was still surprised at how rigorous the testing process was! It's not everyday you put yourself through interviews, group assessment centres, emotional intelligence testing, cognitive ability testing and ethics testing when there isn't a job at the end of the tunnel.

I learned a lot about where my strengths lay as an individual as well as some areas that I still need to hone. While winning the award was an incredibly humbling experience, particularly given the strength of the field, what I learned about myself as a professional was the most valuable part of the whole process. It was also great getting to know the other finalists and find out what they were up to with their lives, it made me feel excited for the future of Australia hearing about some of their plans!

Having a background in startups I entered the awards as a way of testing whether I had the right skill set to work in more established businesses. I've just finished my Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) at the University of Sydney and am currently interning in the marketing team at Google over summer. In 2015 I'm deciding whether to start full time work, do my Honours in marketing, finish my Law degree or maybe travel for a while - we'll see, the Grad Connection Awards has opened a lot of doors that I look forward to exploring over the next few months.


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