GLOBAL BUSINESS PRACTICUM: Shanghai 2017

The Global Business Practicum is an in-company intensively-taught subject where students experience the unique business practices and culture of an international company first-hand. Anthony Secoulidis, shares his experience with PwC, Shanghai

Anthony Secoulidis, Master of Management
Anthony Secoulidis, Master of Management

Leaving the winter cold in Melbourne and arriving in the hot and humid summer of Shanghai was just the first of many changes I was going to experience over the coming two weeks of the Global Business Practicum program. Working in Shanghai would prove to be an incredible experience of ups and downs where I would realise just how much I had learned over the course of my Masters degree.

Equipped with both research and the questions our team had prepared from the project brief before departure, I walked eagerly into the PwC office prepared to tackle the problem at hand, anticipating a unique learning experience. We then found that the project had changed and would require a different skillset and approach than we were originally expecting. I quickly realised that our project would test our team’s creative and logical problem solving skills to their limits; requiring us to leverage our prior experiences to achieve our projects objectives.

The teamwork, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills I had developed in these group assignments quickly became something I relied heavily upon. Anthony Secoulidis

Coming from an undergraduate science background, I never quite understood the reason why my business degree had so many group assessments. However, the teamwork, conflict resolution and interpersonal skills I had developed in these group assignments quickly became something I relied heavily upon. It is astounding how imperative these skills are in the workforce and I am grateful the Global Business Practicum gave me the opportunity to discover this before I enter the workforce.

However, the highlight for me had to be how our team of strangers was able to come together, leverage our strengths and put aside our differences to really focus on creating meaningful value for our client PwC. With a whiteboard, post it notes and all our past experience on hand we were able to overcome a range of challenges and deliver a valuable result for our client.

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