SAMM ANN 2019 Review
Held at the majestic surroundings of Rydges Hotel, Exhibition St, SAMM’s Annual Networking Night kicked off proceedings with an inspirational speech from Keynote Speaker and Global Talent Development Leader at Aurecon, Samantha Fernando. Speaking from her 20 years experiences in corporate and consulting environments, her words of wisdom included an encouraging message of hope for all students, emphasising the fact that there can be many paths leading to your ultimate dream job. She also said that life isn’t a race to get to the destination first, but to keep trying until you eventually succeed.
This was indeed helpful advice. Coincidentally, another ‘triumph above the odds’ story was also being told on the night, with ‘Muriel’s Wedding – The Musical’ playing across the road! Certainly, Samantha’s speech set the tone for the night on a rather optimistic note, as students eagerly spoke to representatives from such companies as Deloitte, KPMG, The Just Group, ING, The Kraft Heinz Company, Accenture, ANZ, EY and L’Oréal.
Many Melbourne University alumni were present as corporate representatives, including former SAMM committee member and now Business Associate at Accenture Chloe Tsiang, Global Brand Manager at Lindeman’s, Treasury Wine Estates Melanie Alforque, and Management Trainee at L’oreal, Lucy Campbell.
Melanie Alforque had previously also worked in marketing at Mondelēz International, before working at Lindeman’s at Treasury Wine Estates, and said she has fond memories of studying for a Master of Management (Marketing) degree at MBS, particularly taking the subjects Brand Management and Public Relations Management. She advised that many subjects at MBS proved to be very practical and helpful in her current working environment.
Lucy Campbell had recently worked at an advertising agency before graduating from MBS last year, also with a Master of Management (Marketing). She too, has fond memories of subjects such as Advertising, and had applied for a graduate position at L’Oréal in late March last year. She was successful in obtaining the position of Management Trainee soon after graduation last year.
Their stories of making the transition from student graduates to corporate representatives at ANN left current students truly inspired. Certainly, as students enjoyed talking to the representatives, as canapés and drinks were served, the overall mood of the night was one of endless possibilities, when it came to career opportunities in the business world. Thus, students were left with no doubt that upon graduation, Commerce/Business graduates happen to be very employable, indeed! Undoubtedly, the ANN was a resounding success, and congratulations goes out to the SAMM committee, corporate representatives, Melbourne University alumni and SAMM members for attending this event. Cheers!