As a Commerce student, you will have access to a variety of cocurricular and extracurricular activities including clubs, complementary studies and overseas exchange opportunities that bridge the gap between theory and practice. Choose your own unique student experience.
There are numerous workplace opportunities to gain local and global experience. Read more about your workplace opportunities.
Global management consulting
Global Management Consulting is a third-year capstone subject that gives you the opportunity to gain industry experience in an international setting. You could be spending two weeks in an overseas city, working on a genuine business challenge with your peers. In 2017 our students travelled to Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai, Berlin, Santiago and San Francisco, among other places.
"I wanted to take a subject that allowed me to put into practice the theories I have learnt over the years; this is what Global Management Consulting offered. Having had no prior working experience, the opportunity to be a student consultant in IBM felt like the right step." - Michael Tirtana
Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) student Michael Tirtana travelled to San Francisco in the USA, on the Global Management Consulting Travel Grant. He worked at IBM Cloud Garage, in January 2018. Learn more about Michael's experience in the Bachelor of Commerce.
Management Consulting is a unique subject offered in both semesters that provides you with the opportunity to apply your university learning in a real business environment and engage in a business challenge of genuine strategic importance to a client organisation. You will be required to draw upon multi-disciplinary knowledge, skills and theory acquired from your previous studies, working in a student consulting team on a project specific by the client organisation.
Exchange and Study Abroad
We encourage all Bachelor of Commerce students to undertake part of your degree overseas. By doing so, you can immerse yourself in a different social, cultural and intellectual scene and add an international perspective to your studies. Our students who have participated in this program have studied at Berkeley (USA), Bocconi (Italy), Cornell (USA) and Lund (Sweden), just to name a few.
"I was accepted into Lund University in Sweden, which was an amazing experience and the highlight of my BCom. The different teaching and learning styles there have broadened my knowledge and ways of thinking and doing that I would not have realised by wholly completing my bachelor in Australia." - Cameron McBroom
Image: Cameron McBroom. Cameron completed his Bachelor of Commerce in 2017 and is now a Consultant at Nous Group. Read more about Cameron's experience in the Bachelor of Commerce.
Case competitions and entrepreneurship
Our case competitions offer opportunities for you to test your business case solving skills, receive training from and network with corporate sponsors, and get hands-on experience as a management consultant. These programs are held in Australia and across the globe, and the faculty offers funding for accommodation and student bursaries to help with additional costs. You can read more about the program here.
The annual UniMelb Startup Competition aims to activate and facilitate student entrepreneurship at the University of Melbourne. It gives you the opportunity to pitch your startup idea to a panel of Australia’s most prominent angel investors and industry experts for feedback and prizes.
Career Development Skills
Actively prepare for your career with a range of programs, workshops and events designed to develop key employability skills.
The Faculty of Business and Economics Skills Workshops series is a professional development program that aims to develop the non-technical employability skills that you need to participate effectively in the workplace. Delivered by industry experts and based around the Australian Government’s Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework, these workshops will enable you to build and refine the skills and knowledge that employers want.
Future Leaders Programs
This program is open to approximately 120 of our highest-achieving undergraduate students. It aims to provide you with practical perspectives on leadership, drawing on the experiences of leaders from a variety of fields. The event provides a range of rich opportunities for meeting and networking with business and community leaders as well as other high-achieving students.
Career mentoring program
The program connects you with an industry mentor, based on your shared interests, your course of study and their area of specialty. Your mentor will provide you with information on industries, professions and general work skills. You’ll also get advice and support with career direction, networking, skills assessment, job hunting, and applications. Partners of accounting firms, directors of management consultancies, bankers, senior public servants and many other professionals have been offering valuable insights into the world of commerce to the faculty’s students.
“A highlight was the Faculty Career Mentoring Program. I was paired with the Program Manager - Network Deployment and Commercial at NBN. He really made time to offer some great advice and also challenged, questioned and listened to me.” - Jenny Nguyen
Student clubs and societies
Our student clubs and societies do amazing work in the student and wider community. They provide members with valuable industry connections and fantastic development opportunities – from offering consulting experiences with local and international charities to empowering more women to excel in finance. This is the perfect place to start networking with your peers. Read more about the community engagement opportunities here.