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Maxence Douet - France

Course: Master of Engineering Management
Institution: The University of Melbourne
Location: Melbourne, Victoria

I wanted to broaden my knowledge in one of the best university’s in the world while enjoying my last year of study in an awesome country − ranked best country to live by OECD in 2014!

An international experience was compulsory to apply for my current job, as my day-to-day job is to invest in businesses which most of the time are developing internationally. Studying in Australia not only improved my English but also meant that I was able to learn about business development in the English-speaking world, like the US.  This helps me now to finance high potential start-ups and firms, as studying with international students from all over the world helped me get a global perspective on international business.

The advantage of studying at an Australian university is that you have maybe only 12 hours of courses a week so you have time to work. I worked for ETF, the rail construction subsidiary of Vinci, on a 15-hour a week contract to analyse the profitability of developing an Australian subsidiary, so that I was able to reduce the study fees while applying all I learned at school to real life.

It is a different way of studying than in France as we were given projects to complete in groups. It was a great experience to work with students from different countries – for example on one project I worked in a team with an Iranian guy and a Palestinian girl.

I really liked the culture in Australia – work usually finishes at 5pm so the evenings are free for sports or to spend with family, friends over a coffee or a beer. A company director jokingly said he would fire anyone in the office after 6pm!

My favourite thing about Australia was backpacking on the Gold Coast in a hippy camper van. Why? Easy! You wake up front of the beach, have your breakfast with your feet in the water, and take a hot morning sea bath.

I want to go back!

Last updated: Wednesday, 13 May 2015 11:21:36 AM

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