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Nick Tesselaar

Bachelor of Management Information Systems 2003 and Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) 2004

Deakin University graduate Nick Tesselaar wanted a career in information technology but didn't want to be locked in a dark room somewhere "doing coding".

A Bachelor of Management Information Systems degree helped win Nick a place on Telstra's graduate program and he's spent the past year looking after a number of infrastructure projects.

"At the moment I am working in the Human Resources area, looking after little projects for them and having lots of fun along the way," he said. "The degree provided a good base. Being Telstra, the company has a lot of its own specific applications, so the degree in a general sense was a good base for this role."

Like many students, Nick worked part time while studying-ironically in a Telstra retail shop. He believes it was the experience gained on the Information Systems unit project, both as a student and mentor, which prepared him for the workforce.

"Our team of 10 was given a paragraph at the start of the semester outlining a business problem and we had to deliver and construct a solution," he said."When I was mentoring, I took three different student project teams through the process."

"These experiences allowed me to develop confidence in my skills around leading groups, more so from the view of one in charge of a group as opposed to as a student," Nick said.

"The project helped me a lot. When we started the course, we learned the theory of systems analysis and design. It was interesting to put it all together."

Nick said the unit had also helped him focus on a career direction. "In the last year of the degree, I didn't have any idea of where I wanted to go, but I really enjoyed the project management side of things in the unit. I am hoping to pursue it. "

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