Professions students gain an insider view of the executive experience

Exclusive invitations to visit top organisations, networking and panel sessions with industry professionals, as well as insightful lessons with the Sydney School of Protocol. This is what our Business and Law students experienced on the recent Sydney study tour.    


Studying at the University of Adelaide is about much more than getting a degree. It’s a time where opportunities are abundant and every new experience and interaction can shape your future. Our students have many opportunities to take advantage of including experiences that will give them a competitive edge in their career.

The latest cohort of students to participate in the Executive Experience Sydney Study Tour learnt first-hand how incredibly valuable some of these opportunities can be. These students were invited into some of the nation’s leading organisations to gain an insider view of what careers in these companies really look like.

They spent the week learning from experts on developing your personal brand, effective networking, communicating and presenting, dining etiquette, business protocol and cultural awareness, as well as tips on professional styling.  All while staying in the centre of Sydney at the luxurious Sofitel Wentworth. That sounds like an opportunity not to be missed.

This experience gave the participating students a transformational leap forward in their personal and professional development.  

Sessions with the Sydney School of Protocol gave students a new confidence in their ability to effectively navigate a variety of business situations and relationships. They learnt about what it means to be a global corporate citizen, interacting with authenticity and integrity.

“This study tour provides students with knowledge and skills to prepare them for their professional lives and to be competitive in a global corporate environment”. “It undoubtedly helps students stand out with experience and knowledge other students would not have”.

“The study tour has helped in opening my mind up to learning and developing myself, to think about my career as a journey that I am in control of”.

“The program has heightened my self-awareness. My personal presentation has improved enormously after this experience”.

“The biggest skills I’ve developed through this study tour were the transferable skills, communication, teamwork and networking. Skills we would need in any industry we end up working in”.

The study tour opened the students’ minds to a world of possibility. They gained insight into what it would really be like to work in these different organisations. For some it gave them a new level to strive for, while others gained clarity about what they want from their future career

Our students toured some impressive office spaces and executive suites, and heard directly from employees about the perks of working for these high profile organisations. The students gained insider tips on application preparation for highly competitive graduate programs, ensuring they will be prepared and a step ahead.

The students were able to put their key learning’s into practice at a number of industry networking opportunities. This culminated with a Graduation Cocktail evening sponsored by and held at the Sofitel in their James Cook room, where students networked with invited industry professionals and celebrated the completion of the course.

Industry networking and Graduation Cocktail Event. Sponsored by the Sofitel Wentoworth

Students Yong and Sasha networking with industry professionals at the Graduation Cocktail event sponsored by Sofitel Wentworth

University of Adelaide Executive Experience Sydney Study Tour

“Everyone agreed that the Sydney Study Tour is amazing and valuable and has given us a new understanding about our value, career and future”.  Min Qi and Sasha Kockan

The Executive Experience Sydney study tour is a 3 credit course valuable to students across multiple disciplines. For students interested in the 2018 study tour, please register your interest and provide your details to


Industry site visits

Clayton Utz

Clayton Utz is a leading Australian law firm headquartered in Sydney.  Our students visited their impressive building at 1 Bligh Street. The visit began with a networking morning tea among staff, followed by a discussion session set against an amazing view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Students spoke to Clayton Utz current graduate program participants and discovered what it would be like to work in one of Australia’s top law firms.

Clayton Utz workplace visit

Students visiting one of Australia’s top law firms – Clayton Utz.

McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company is a worldwide management consulting firm, trusted advisor and counsellor to many of the world’s most influential businesses and institutions.

Whilst at McKinsey, students learned what it’s like to work in one of the world’s leading consulting firms. Gaining an understanding of the variety of industries and projects a consultant can work on, depending on their area of interest and expertise. The students participated in a group case study activity and experienced how a consultant works to problem solve and recommend business solutions to clients.

Students were interested to hear about opportunities such international transfers and fellowships offered by consulting firms like McKinsey. In order to recruit and retain the best people the firm offers fellowships, which allows employees to take time away from the firm (up to 4 years) to pursue other interests. This might be international work opportunities, working on a start-up business or pursuing additional study (which can also be financed by the firm). Employees then bring back that valuable experience to company.

Boardroom view at McKinsey and Company

Boardroom view at McKinsey and Company

Macquarie Bank

The Macquarie Group is a global provider of banking, advisory, trading, asset management and retail financial services. The ground floor of Macquarie Bank at 50 Martin place is as might be expected, a sophisticated heritage building with extravagant high ceilings and marble pillars. However the seamless juxtaposition of traditional and modern begins with glass elevators that transport you up into a whole new world of modern office space design.

Our students received a tour of this architecturally impressive building, starting a breathtaking ride in the glass elevators. They were hosted in a luxurious executive boardroom on the top floor where they learned about careers at Macquarie as well as internship and graduate program opportunities, receiving valuable tips should they wish to apply.

Get a sneak peek inside Macquarie’s impressive premises through the pictures in this article or watch this Careers at Macquarie video.

Macquarie bank boardroom

Macquarie Bank boardroom

PKF Lawler

PKF Lawler is a national, award winning mid-tier accounting and business advisory firm. Our students had the opportunity to hear from the commercial manager at PKF, an up and coming employee and a student participating in an internship with the company. Staff shared their unique stories of how they came to work at the firm. The tour of the offices included exploring some of their latest technology, such as an interactive projector.

PKF Lawler - accounting and business advisory firm

PKF Lawler – accounting and business advisory firm

Reserve Bank of Australia

The RBA conducts monetary policy and works to maintain a strong financial system. On our visit to the RBA in Martin Place, students learned about the unique work that is done there, providing opportunities to work on things you can’t do anywhere else. Students heard about the work culture which was strongly advocated for by the RBA staff as a great workplace, with a good work life balance. Their emphasis on ongoing staff learning opportunities was also highlighted. Students were given insight into the RBA internship program based in Sydney from November to January.


Hear from the students about their Sydney Study Tour experience

Day 1 – By Nathan Cehic and Yong-Wei Gan

Day 2 – By Hayden May and Tom Schumacher

Day 3 – By Eesan Cheah and Nicky Tran

Day 4 – By Luping Liu, Bei Lu and Ritchel Punu

Day 5 – By Chen Liu and Bo Zhang

Day 7 – By Min Qi and Sasha Kockan


With thanks

Special thanks to our presenters and panellists, especially Julia Lamberg-Burnet and Marlous Teh from the Sydney School of Protocol

Special thanks to our sponsor – Sofitel Wentworth

Our students were accommodated in Sydney at the luxurious Sofitel Wentworth. Most workshop sessions were also held at the Sofitel along with the Graduation Cocktail evening which was proudly sponsored by the Sofitel.







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