Fatema Hammoud was employed as a Communications Intern in the New Academic Street team while studying an Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT.
What degree are you studying?
I’ve just graduated from RMIT with an Associate Degree in Professional Writing and Editing.
What’s your role at NAS?
I am currently working as the Communications Intern.
How did you go about finding this job?
As it was compulsory to complete 48 hours at an internship, students studying my course were sent many internship roles through email via my course coordinator.
What duties do you undertake in your role?
Amongst many things, I’ve written content for staff packs, interviewed people, transcribed content, refined my email skills and worked on the NAS website.
As a current student, what outcome of the NAS project are you most excited for?
One of the biggest focuses for this project would have to be the utilisation of space – how staff and students collaborate and study. As a student, I’d say that NAS has the right idea in opening up RMIT. Universities are mostly grey walls, plastic chairs and compressed wood desks, so the renovations are really going to let some fresh air and light into the campus. It’s nice to think that we’re moving away from the 60s concrete boxes and toward a more open, fresh campus with lots of potential to house evolving technology.
What advice would you give students wanting to make the jump from studying to working in the industry?
Making the move from the study desk to the work can be fairly intimidating. The main thing to remember is to take it easy, don’t stress. With the right attitude and good work ethic, your employers can see that you’re making an effort, even if you get things wrong. Most of the people in the workplace have been in your shoes and are sympathetic to the struggle of starting out. Ask questions – people are more than happy to help. You’re there to learn and grow.