Ashley Coleman-Bock

Ashley Coleman-Bock

Ashley Coleman-Bock

The best part of my business degree is the ability to take on industry based learning or internships.

It's great to experience work before you leave university, as you know you're a lot more capable, and more attractive to employers.

I did a year full-time with IBM, a company renowned for training the next generation of business leaders.

About eight months in, my boss asked me to fill in for one of my supervisors while she was away. It was a period of just over a week, and during that time I would cover her calls, her reports, her correspondence, and her regular meetings. I was incredibly scared, but really humbled that they thought I was up to the job.

Looking back I would have stayed on. At the end, they asked if I'd like to stick around but I wanted to get back and finish my degree. If I could do it again, I'd see if I could do both. From my internship, I learned that work is only work if you make it work. I mean, if you enjoy what you do, and the people you're with, it's not work; it's like going to a hobby every day and getting paid to do it.

Flexibility for me was crucial.

Monash is a top tier university, with the best opportunities to further your degree with co-curricular. Study abroad, industry internships, scholarships; Monash offers it all. I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity university had to offer, so I needed a flexible course that I could build around my other plans or activities. I've had the opportunity to study overseas, intern with a fortune 500, and speak with some of Australia's premier leaders. It's incredible what you can do with your degree.

There are benefits in studying a double degree in business or studying two business majors.

First is employability; you've got a wider range of skills to show to a potential employer. The other is flexibility; if you're not sure what you want to do, or if you're interested in a couple different areas, you can explore. You don't have to give it up. The most interesting aspect of my majors is the overlap, and the change in perspectives from that. For example, in international studies you look at international bodies like the World Trade Organisation, for its role in shaping international relations. In comparison, in the management major, you look at the World Trade Organisation, as a body that needs to be factored into international business decisions. It's really enlightening to see the different take different majors have on the same information.