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Meet the team

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Patrice McLellan

Team Leader

Work History: I started my career in Canberra, working in the Australian Public Service and then transitioned to working in government relations and student engagement in the tertiary education sector. It was here that I found my passion for connecting students with industry and helping them land that dream job. I’ve worked in employability and work integrated learning at RMIT for the last 4 years working closely with students and industry to create great opportunities in Australia and abroad.

Come talk to me about: Co-op placements, undertaking your internship overseas, working in the government sector, application tips and advice, finding balance between work and study.

Favourite Netflix show: The Good Place, Chef’s Table

Bribe me with: Coffee (double espresso, please!) and dark chocolate

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Kate Sawyer

Project Officer

Work History: After completing my degree in Marketing and Management, I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do (I know how hard it can be to work this out!) and ended up joining a small HR and Recruitment Consulting firm.
I now have 7 years experience in recruitment across Cotton On and Deloitte. Most recently I was in the Graduate Recruitment team at Deloitte and recruited students from a range of backgrounds including Accounting, Economics & Finance, Engineering, Science, Marketing and IT related degrees.

Come talk to me about: Internships, graduate recruitment including summer vacation and first year programs, employment tips, how to make your application stand out, and working within the big 4

Favourite Netflix show: Stranger Things, The Sinner, Narco’s, Mindhunter and The Crown

Bribe me with: Coffee! (with soy milk!)

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Dr Simon Thornton

WIL Academic Coordinator

Work History: As a former marketing and creative director, I have researched, developed, branded and promoted many UK products and services within broader communications contracts. Public and private based clients included: Tussauds Group, Teleware Plc and Wimbledon (AELTCC).

After relocating to Australia in 2009, I joined RMIT as a Marketing academic and WIL mentor, moving to join the Global Partnerships & Engagement team as the WIL Academic Lead in 2019.

Come talk to me about: Any WIL or Business Internship course advice that can make you more employable. Applied degrees and Co-op placements and the new Business Internship elective course opportunities. Additional advice can be provided on Canvas and the assessments required to pass these courses.

Favourite Netflix show: Hinterland (very dark Welsh based police drama)

Bribe me with: Chocolate and coffee