Your UNSW Business School Experience

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Ranked 43rd in the world (QS World University Rankings 2020)

High Employment Rates & Graduate Starting Salaries

(QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2019)

Top Subject Rankings & Flexible Degrees

1st Worldwide for Risk and Actuarial Studies *
1st in Australia for Accounting and Finance **

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Internships, Mentoring, Networking & Global Opportunities

8 things you'll want to know about the unsw business school

1. You will be more employable than the average graduate

Your career starts from Day 1 at UNSW Business School. We’re not saying you have to turn up to your first day of class in a suit, but you should enrol in the Career Accelerator program to take advantage of the suite of opportunities on offer, to get ahead in your career. In addition to your classroom studies, you will have access to internship placements, mentoring and global opportunities. We can also help build your professional network and connect you with the industry through:

  • Business Connect – An opportunity to learn sought-after soft skills in an industry setting while networking onsite at an industry partner’s office
  • Industry Insights – Lunchtime workshops sessions covering new and important industry trends delivered by employers and industry professionals, right here on campus
  • Business Case Competitions – A chance to compete as a part of a team in highly regarded local and international case competitions

2. UNSW Business School graduates have some of the highest starting salaries in Australia

Did you know that UNSW has more start-up founders and millionaires than any other Australian university? A report on Australia's Top 50 CEOs also found that UNSW has educated more corporate leaders than any other institution1. In fact, UNSW graduates are more likely to gain full-time employment and earn a higher starting salary than students from most Australian universities2.

3. Travel the world while studying

At UNSW, you will have opportunities to explore different countries and cultures while studying. We’re known as Australia’s Global University for a reason! Enrol in COMM3020 Global Business Practicum – an experiential and intensive course run overseas with partner organisations. Through this course, you will get a better understanding of what it’s like to work overseas and gain key workplace skills. You can choose to study in a number of global cities including Bangkok, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Israel and Shanghai. The best part? It’s not all work and you’ll get time to explore your new city, make new friends and experience a unique culture. There are also many grants and scholarships available to Business School students looking to study overseas.

4. You don’t have to be a math genius to study Commerce

Not a math genius? Not to worry. It is a common misconception that HSC students need to have topped their math class to be a good fit for the Business School. While all specialisations within the Bachelor of Commerce will involve some numbers, the weight and difficulty will vary – so you can find the course best suited to you. Find out which study area is best aligned with your career goals by checking out the UNSW undergraduate degrees page and coming along to Info Day to talk to our academics and current students. As a student, there is also academic support on campus if you feel like you need a helping hand with maths or any other course content.

5. You will have support at university – you're not in this alone

If you have any questions regarding university life, feel free to reach out to our Peer Mentors and they will be more than happy to help. For academic support, you can join a PASS group – a free, weekly, out-of-class study sessions facilitated by a student who has previously successfully completed the course you’re studying. This is a great way to get tips about how to ace your next assignment or learn how to study smart for your exams. You can have a look at the course list to see which courses are part of the PASS program. It’s also a great idea to come along to O-week and sign up to clubs and societies you are interested in. Not only do they offer academic support like revision lectures, but they are the heart of social life at UNSW.

6. Don't stress if you are unsure who you want to be when you graduate

If you don’t know where your strengths lie and what you are passionate about – there is no need to worry, this is completely normal. At UNSW, we offer flexible and double degrees to enable you to study a breadth of subjects to find out what you are interested in and maximise your career prospects. UNSW’s Bachelor of Commerce offers flexible first-year core subjects, meaning you can try a range of different study areas before choosing a major (or two). Create the degree that’s right for you!

7. If you aspire to be an entrepreneur and are passionate about social impact

Want to change the world? As part of the Career Accelerator program, you can take part in Social Entrepreneurship Practicums and Global Consulting Group (GCG), a Pro Bono consulting firm that brings together not-for-profits, consulting professionals and students to create a real impact on social issues around the world. The practicum program enables students to develop professional skills while working in a team on a real social entrepreneurship project. You can check the website and newsletters for most up-to-date information. UNSW is also partnered with the Centre for Social Impact meaning you can study social impact subjects for credit as a part of your degree.

8. Most importantly, you’ll be taught by the best of the best

UNSW is one of the world’s leading universities– consistently placing within top 50 world rankings3. We are a highly esteemed research institution with academics who are international leaders in their fields and Professors of Practice who are industry professionals teaching at UNSW. This allows you to learn strategies and concepts that are at the forefront of industry, setting you apart from other graduates.

If you want more advice on which degree to choose, please get in touch with our Future Students team.

  1. 2017 BRW Young Rich List
  2. 2018 QILT survey
  3. In 2019, the UNSW Business School has been ranked:
    • 1st in Australia and 15th worldwide for Accounting and Finance (QS World University Rankings by Subject)
    • 1st in Australia and 18th worldwide for Finance (Shanghai Rankings Global Ranking of Academic Subjects)
    • 2nd in Australia and 26th worldwide for Business and Management Studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject)
    • Ranked within the Top 50 worldwide for Economics and Econometrics and Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings by Subject)

Career Accelerator

Want to get a jump start on your career? UNSW has a range of opportunities available exclusive to Business School students.

Find out how alumnus Scott Richardson shaped his UNSW experience to achieve his dream career.

You have all the tools to succeed at the UNSW Business School, but it’s what you make of it, says alumnus Scott Richardson

By utilising what the UNSW Business School had to offer, alumnus Scott Richardson ultimately shaped his university experience towards his dream career.

The UNSW graduate has a double bachelor’s degree of Commerce and Media Studies and is now a Management Consultant at PwC.

Halfway through his degree, Scott participated in a Business Case Competition hosted by Strategy& (part of the PwC Network), where he “fell in love” with consulting.

But the highlight of Scott’s time at UNSW was the Career Accelerator Program, which is available for all UNSW Business School students.

The Career Accelerator Program equips students with skills, experience and connections to industry. This is when he undertook the Career Mentoring Program and was paired up one-on-one with a UNSW AGSM alumnus for 12 weeks.

Meeting weekly, his mentor answered any questions he had about what it was truly like in the industry. They also discussed some of the tips and tricks to navigating the business world as Scott approached the end of his degree.

“It was my first taste of networking and socialising in a slightly different context,” he said.

“It was this program, as well as an Industry Insights event also hosted by the Business School, which landed me an internship and helped me secure my dream graduate position. I actually owe the Business School a lot.”

The Career Accelerator Program also offers internships, networking and global opportunities to give hands-on business skills and opportunities to secure highly competitive graduate positions.

What you should know as an undergrad

Scott said firms are on the look-out for skills they can’t teach you at work, such as being able to communicate well, being naturally curious and organic creativity.

“Those are the skills you really need to focus on developing over the next several years, because they are the things that are really valuable to firms,” he said.

He said the UNSW Business School offers programs specifically tailored to these skills sets.

“It’s going to be up to you to actively engage in those though, no one is going to do that for you,” he added.

He said the Business School is going to put you in the room with incredibly powerful, influential and insightful people.

“If you can maintain and foster those relationships long term, there’s a lot in it for you. Make sure you’re always offering something to the other person though, as that is what a relationship is all about.”

He offered advice passed on from his dad, “you create your own luck” which resonated with him throughout his degree.

“You can go to 15 networking events and 14 of them can be terrible. But if in that 15th networking event the stars align, and you have everything go your way, all that practice from the previous 14 events will come in handy. You might just get lucky, but maybe it isn’t luck. Maybe it’s the fact that you put yourself in that position to succeed, time and time again until you did.”

“I encourage you to persevere and not get disheartened by one or two awkward situations.” He reminded undergraduates throughout their degrees they’re going to grow, develop and change.

“You also need to be open-minded to the fact that you're going to be a different person, when you attend your graduation ceremony, then you are in this room today,” he said.

To extend yourself with practical experience and innovative thinking check out the wide range of UNSW Business School’s industry leading undergraduate degrees.

PwC Australia’s Insight Academy Applications are now open. Summer Intern and Graduate applications will be opening in early 2020.

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Change Maker You're A Change Maker

UNSW Commerce graduate Monica Wang’s internship did more than give her industry-leading skills, it led her to the philanthropic world of business.

Monica Wang’s UNSW Business School degree gave her industry-leading skills which led to where she is today, as the Director of Finance at not-for-profit Kua.

During an internship at Opportunity International, she was told about two UNSW students who were on the look-out for someone with a commerce background, to join their start-up Kua.

Kua sells Ugandan coffee to Sydney workplaces - with zero waste, in reusable canisters - and then circulates the profits back into Ugandan communities.

After Monica joined the start-up, they enrolled in subject COMM3030 with Career Accelerator and signed up for the The Big Idea competition.

Whilst in the beginning stages of building a social enterprise from scratch they decided participating In the Big Idea would benefit them greatly, through its exposure and coaching.

 “It was a great opportunity to validate our idea and progress for the real market,” she said.

The Big Idea is Australia’s leading social enterprise immersion and competition for university students, supported by PwC.

Students are set a challenge to explore an area of disadvantage and propose a business case for an appropriate social enterprise.

This is where the student team introduced the Bugisu Project to the world- now known as Kua.

 “What really drew me in so much was the social impact aspect of the competition,” she said.

The Career Accelerator Program COMM3030 provided the team with weekly mentorship, foundational knowledge about entrepreneurship and helped develop their skills in the lead up to the Big Idea competition.

“Then one thing led to another, we had the semi-finals,” Monica said.

“We pitched (the Big Idea) at the Business School, the Dean’s lounge, and then had a few people who are in the social enterprise space judge. Then got put through as an undergraduate team.”

The team was then sponsored to fly to Melbourne for the finals, where they took out the top prize for the undergraduate division.

Taking out the coveted title of Australia’s top student social enterprise gave Kua leverage to grow and enabled them to secure funding.

“We were also able to turn our prizes into cash, which we invested into our business,” she said.

The Big Idea competition also enabled them to network, and introduced them to CEO of The Big Issue Steven Persson, who gave them a glimpse into how an established social enterprise operated.

Monica is now the Director (Finance) at Kua and believes The UNSW Business School has given her the industry-leading skills to get her where she is today.

“It's given me a better understanding of my passion and the different pathways I could take to pursue it. I've been lucky to connect with some inspiring people that I would not have had the chance to meet otherwise!”

Monica’s UNSW Business degree also guided her on how a social enterprise could potentially make an impact and inspire social change around the world in relation to International Business and International Development.

Want to find out more about UNSW Business Degrees? Speak to an expert today.

Change Maker You're A Go-Getter

What do you do when you’re a high achiever that wants to specialise but doesn’t want to get boxed in? UNSW Business School Commerce Graduate, Lisa Ryan discusses.

In year 11 Lisa Ryan became captivated by the Real Estate industry and was drawn in by the scale, tangibility and the longevity of built assets and infrastructure.

She knew this was the career path for her but after she graduated from high school with no real work experience, she thought the only way to make this a reality was to be a sales agent.

As she looked further into the sector, she realised this wasn’t her only option and discovered that the UNSW Business School suited her perfectly.

Lisa didn’t want to pursue a highly specialised degree and inadvertently lock herself in a specific career path but wanted to be prepared for a dynamic, fast-paced career.

The UNSW Business School is made for ambitious go-getters like Lisa, as it equips students with skills, experience and connections to industry.

Her choice to study a Bachelor of Commerce at the UNSW Business School with a double major of Real Estate Studies and Finance allowed her to gain an understanding of both universal business fundamentals and associated specialised real estate applications.

“The ability to undertake a double major further added to this flexibility, allowing me to widen career options upon graduation,” Lisa said.

Lisa is now employed by one of the big four professional services firms, Ernst & Young (EY) as a consultant in their Real Estate Advisory Services team.

How do you get the competitive advantage when it comes to landing your dream gig?

Lisa utilised what the UNSW Business School had to offer and made everlasting connections through UNSW’s Real Estate Society and increased her hands-on skills with the Career Accelerator Program.

In Lisa’s second year at UNSW Business School she participated in the Career Accelerator’s Industry Experience Program COMM2222, where she completed a four-week placement in the Commercial Property Management team at Stockland.

“My internship allowed me to both gain practical insight into the Real Estate Industry and identify necessary skills I was lacking in,” she said.

UNSW Business School has partnered with industry leaders to offer students unique for-credit internship opportunities.

Lisa is part of the UNSW Real Estate Society which gives students access to degree-based opportunities, from industry internships to mentoring, careers fairs and the priceless bonus of networking.

Lisa’s EY cadet position has also led to fulltime employment with the Big Four firm after being offered the role via one of her society executives.

Even after graduation she maintains her connection with the Business School, with her EY team hosting a networking night for members of the UNSW Real Estate Society.

Want to find out more about UNSW Business Degrees? Speak to an expert today.

Change Maker You're A Industry Shaker

As a student completing a double degree in Commerce and Engineering at UNSW, Kurt Walkom thought he was on track to become a mechanical engineer. However, the practical knowledge and experience he gained from four different internships taught him otherwise.

It was only after earning a Co-op scholarship and participating in two engineering internships that Kurt realised that he wanted a job that would enable him to see the bigger picture.

“I realised that only a business can dictate what gets to be created. I wanted to understand how to build a successful business rather than focus on how to build machinery,” Kurt said.

This marked a pivotal point in Kurt’s career as he veered to a different career path – the entrepreneurial world of start-ups.

Kurt took full advantage of the flexibility of the courses at the UNSW Business School to balance his study and extracurricular activities. He used his Commerce degree as a springboard into different industries and actively looked for business internship opportunities to better understand what makes a business successful.

Kurt’s third internship led him to Marshall Investments as an investment analyst – which provided him with the opportunity to learn more about how to invest in companies. He was quickly drawn to venture capitalist projects and the ability to create high impact investments.

To explore other aspects of a business, Kurt then took up another internship opportunity with global chemical firm Solvay in its strategic marketing division in Lyon, France.

Through his academic and practical learnings at UNSW and participation in a variety of internships, Kurt identified a need in the Australian market to help people invest in shares, compare investment strategies and achieve long-term financial goals such as financial independence. It was during that time that he came up with the innovative idea of founding his own fintech start-up Pearler.

With support from the UNSW Founders program – Australia’s most comprehensive on-campus entrepreneurship program with over 500 start-up projects; Kurt was able to extend his skillset with practical experience and entrepreneurial thinking.

A key learning from Kurt’s experience at the UNSW Business School is that it is possible to be a successful entrepreneur while studying.

“The UNSW Business school program is structured in such a way that students can fully explore the world of entrepreneurship. I believe that taking part in a variety of internships is the only way for people to find out what they enjoy doing.”

It was only after completing his internships at two engineering firms that Kurt decided that he did not want to become a mechanical engineer. It was only after interning at a global company that he realised that he wanted to create his own start-up. It was only after interning in another country that Kurt realised that he wanted to bring his expertise back to Australia and launch Pearler.

“Internships have definitely complemented my study at UNSW and have influenced my career path as an entrepreneur today.”

UNSW Business School students have the competitive advantage of gaining industry experience and accessing internships through the Career Accelerator program – a suite of opportunities designed to help students build their career skills. To find out more about where your UNSW Business School degree could take you – feel free to speak to one of our experts today.

Change Maker You're A Jet-Setter

The sky is the limit for UNSW Business School’s Commerce and Economics student Saul Brady, who used his global work experience at a multi-national to discover his dream career.

Growing up in quiet regional New South Wales, Saul Brady didn’t know that jet-setting off to Jakarta Indonesia to up-skill at the multi-national Commonwealth Bank would be part of his UNSW Business degree.

For those who want to travel the world and learn hands-on skills out of the classroom whilst gaining their business degree, like Saul did, the Global Practicum is the ideal choice.

Throughout his time at UNSW Saul has been involved in a diverse range of career enhancing programs through the Business School’s Career Accelerator Program, the highlight being the Global Business Practicum (COMM3020) which Saul did during the Summer holidays.

 Through the program Saul had the opportunity to work in Jakarta Indonesia, at Commonwealth Bank.  Saul believes that the experience was a valuable way to build international experience, skills and perspective.

For four weeks Saul learnt hands-on skills in the retail banking division, working with a small-cross disciplinary student consulting team.

The team was given the task of undertaking a market analysis at Commonwealth Bank for the development of a new debit card, which included breaking down the product, analysing data to understand attractive customer segments, and then pitching their recommendations to management.

The international internship also played a paramount role in redetermining the trajectory of the UNSW student’s future career, steering him away from finance and towards management consulting.

 “That’s always good that kind of self-discovery. You’re not going to like everything you initially think you’re going to do. I am grateful that I was able to experience that and realise that maybe finance wasn’t where I wanted to go.”

Saul said he will be able to draw from the skills he learnt when he pursues a career in consulting after graduation.

“I really enjoyed that global experience, getting to see how things are done differently and challenge our perceptions and thoughts on banking from Australia to banking in Asia.”

Besides learning industry-leading skills in Jakarta, he also got to wind down and experience Indonesian culture.

He also got to spend the weekend in Bandung, which is a city set in the volcanoes and explore the tea plantations of West Java.

“It was a relaxing break from the chaos of Jakarta, and we got to explore some of the different cuisine there too- which was super spicy!”

Want to find out more about UNSW Business Degrees? Speak to an expert today.

Tips for applying for a scholarship

UNSW Business School has a variety of scholarships on offer that are just waiting for you to apply for them. What most people don’t know is that not only can a scholarship help you financially, they can also deliver additional opportunities such as chances to network, mentoring relationships, overseas exchange and can even lead to employment opportunities.

Starting a scholarship application can be daunting, so we’ve enlisted the help of scholarship assessors Associate Professor Tracy Wilcox, (Academic Director, Postgraduate Programs) and Associate Professor Christine Mathies (Academic Director Undergraduate Programs). They read through the thousands of applications submitted to the UNSW Business School, and have offered to provide some handy tips and tricks.

1. Common mistakes to avoid

Not reading the application correctly or simply missing questions, are just some of the common mistakes seen in applications.

"Basically, we have to rank them as zero if they have missed a section or they just answer it in five words. They are basically pulling themselves out of eligibility for the scholarship," Tracy said.

Quick tips:

  • Don't rush the application process, and do create a rough draft in Microsoft Word before submitting
  • Research your scholarship and make sure you read and understand all the questions before you start your application
  • Start applying early if possible
  • Ask a friend or trusted source to proof-read before submitting

2. It’s not just about your grades - use personal experience to stand out

Applications that stand out reference both academic and co-curricular achievements. Applicants need to tie in their own personal experience and give the reader a sense of who they are, what experiences have shaped them and what they truly want to accomplish with their degree in the future.

What should you remember when applying for a Undergraduate scholarship?

There can be a lot of overlap in the applications, many students have held leadership positions or excelled in sport; so Christine suggests applicants go beyond only listing those achievements. Applicants should think about what they have done differently to stand out from the crowd.

“What's your why? What’s pushing you? … And why are you taking the next step in terms of studying in Australia, studying at UNSW, studying the degree that you've chosen out of all the options that you've had?” she said.

What should you remember when applying for a Postgraduate scholarship?

Tracy says when it comes to post-graduate applications, she looks for well-rounded students who are open to change and are passionate about their prospective careers.

“They (applicants) have exercised some leadership in the past. They have given back to the community in some way. They have a real growth mindset, so are interested in growing, learning and contributing, and they have a global outlook,” she said.

3. Diverse range of scholarships & benefits other than money

UNSW Business School also provides a wide range of Equity Scholarships, awards and grants to assist students from disadvantaged and under-represented groups, including, indigenous students and students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Some scholarships can include additional benefits such as mentoring from industry professionals, work experience or overseas exchange, so do read the fine print.

4. Apply, apply, apply

Being too selective over scholarships can also be a detriment to applicants.

“You cannot miss out on the scholarship that you haven't applied for,” Christine said.

“What we're really looking for is high achieving students that kind of live and breathe the ethos of the Business School.”

Tracy said awarding scholarships is a way of recognising students who they believe are exemplars of the UNSW community.

“We’re really proud of them. They represent us and they embrace the best of what coming to UNSW is all about,” she said.

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Diversity, our greatest asset

The Business School is not only a leading business faculty in Australia, but we also celebrate diversity as one of our greatest assets.

This means we make sure all our students and staff feel valued and supported. Check out some of the ways we celebrate our students and staff.

LGBTQI+ community

UNSW Business School works to build a safe and inclusive environment for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

This includes an official network for people who identify as LGBTIQ+, or as allies.

“The LGBTIQ+ network is an amazing initiative and it needs to be supported and promoted because forming those connections and allies are very important for people to feel safe,” Kaus Trivedi, a UNSW student, and EDI Committee member said. 

“I have made meaningful connections through my LGBTIQ+ network and they have always guided me through my professional journey as an out and proud individual.”

As well as having established an official network, we continue to raise awareness and come together for the LGBTIQ+ community, celebrating important days and events such as Wear it Purple Day and Diversity Week.

Indigenous engagement

We are passionate about empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study business at UNSW. 

This support starts at pre-university stages, all the way to graduation and beyond. From the Winter School programs for high school students to our innovative Indigenous Prep-Program, Indigenous executive education programs and dedicated Indigenous scholarships for undergraduate and postgraduate studies. We’re there for our students at every stage of their university journey, working closely with Nura Gili and other partners.

We also engage with the broader Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, thought leaders, academics and researchers. 

Visit UNSW Business School Indigenous Engagement for more information.

Women in business

At UNSW Business School we ensure women have pathways and support mechanisms to be empowered in business.

If you're a woman studying in the Business School, you can join several female-orientated student societies such as Capital W and the Women in Technology Society. These societies hold regular networking nights with industry and give you the opportunity to explore the options available to you as a woman in business. 

We also provide ‘Women in Business’ programs at all levels. This ranges from school programs to women leadership programs and mentoring. 

The inaugural Girls in Business – High Risk to High Tech Winter School is an immersive winter camp designed for girls in years 10 and 11. The program helps girls explore a possible future in the Information Systems and Actuarial industries.

The three-day residential consists of hands-on-workshops, group tasks, site visits and networking opportunities with current UNSW Students, UNSW Alumni and Industry Professionals. The program hopes to inspire the next-gen of female leaders in those specialties.

These are just some of the ways UNSW Business School promotes diversity and inclusion to foster a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for all. 

We continue to work with students and community members on our initiatives and how to celebrate diversity across the university in new and more effective ways.

For more information visit UNSW Business School Equity, Diversity & Inclusion 

* QS World University Rankings by Subject
** Global Research Rankings of Actuarial Science and Risk Management & Insurance

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