Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the most rewarding aspects of the Management Cadetship?
- What are the most challenging aspects of the Management Cadetship?
- How do you find combining full-time work with part-time study?
- With working and studying, do you miss the social element that university life is synonymous with?
- Does working give you a significant edge in your studies?
- What is it like working for the University of Wollongong?
- What sort of work do you do as a Cadet?
- Do you find you receive enough time to get your study done?
- What are the entry requirements?
- If I receive an offer for the Management Cadetship, am I guaranteed a place at UOW?
- Is the cadetship fun? Do you like it? To what extent would you recommend the program? What has the experience been like for you?
- What career prospects are available for graduates of the Management Cadetship program?
Many Cadets consider the most rewarding aspect of the Management Cadetship Program to be the opportunity to combine university study with work.
This provides a rare chance to relate the different concepts and theories learnt in class with real life experiences. In the work environment, you are able to see first hand how the theoretical concepts and ideas exist in a practical sense.
Similarly, you can relate day-to-day working experiences to class discussion and use realistic examples in coursework and assignments.
At times the workload can be quite demanding and the challenge lies in successfully balancing study, work and your personal life.
To remain productive in the workplace and excel in your chosen university subjects, you need to develop skills in time management and ways for coping with stress.
Initially it can be quite challenging, but finding the right balance comes with practice and experience. The other Cadets provide a good support network and are always willing to help out be it work or study. The opportunity for training and mentoring is also available.
4. With working and studying, do you miss the social element that university life is synonymous with?
No, not at all. Successful study and a good social life often go hand-in-hand. It is impossible to separate your academic life from your social life. Students that have a successful social life often find academic work easier to accomplish.
There are many social activities you can still be involved in, for example, lunchtime sport, clubs, societies and committees. The campus atmosphere itself is quite sociable and the facilities and services at UOW are also very good.
In addition to teaching and learning services such as the Library and IT labs, there are also general services, shops and retailers (including several food outlets, UniShop, Post Office and Hairdresser) and recreation and entertainment facilities (for example, swimming pool, gymnasium, UniMovies and UniBar).
The real-life work experiences gained through employment support a deeper understanding of your university studies and together, working and studying, most definitely gives you an 'edge' in becoming a young professional.
For example, the ability to multi-task is one of the most sought after skills in the business industry. The cadetship not only enhances this skill but also provides evidence to future employers that you are capable of handling and prioritising a number of important tasks.
The University of Wollongong is the largest education centre in the Illawarra region and as a result your experience working here will be very supportive of your needs as a student.
It is also one of the largest employers in the Illawarra region offering a diverse range of career paths supported by high standards of staff facilities and services.
Cadets rotate through a series of placements during the program providing experience in a wide range of business functions. The program is designed to challenge and engage Cadets with placements including:
- Human Resources (HR, Recruitment, PODS, WH&S etc)
- Financial Services
- Student Services Division
- Planning Marketing and Communications Unit
- Governance and Legal Division
The actual tasks assigned to a Cadet vary with each placement and depend on the goals of that unit/department and the projects available at the time, as well as the individual strengths of each Cadet. The work is generally a combination of day-to-day operational tasks together with specialised project work.
Cadets are given the unique opportunity to work on and manage projects with University-wide significance and importance, such as the annual Vice-Chancellor's awards, Workplace Health and Safety programs and Graduation ceremonies .
During the final 2 years Cadets work in a specialised placement relating to their degree major and areas of interest. This is often in one of the areas they have already worked in however placements in other areas of the University may be negotiated.
Cadets are allocated 4 hours per subject of study leave during session and this is typically ample time to attend lectures and tutorials, as well as complete private study. However, university face-to-face study requirements is dependent upon faculties and majors, and as such there can be no definitive figure placed on the study hours required by cadets.
The program is open to Year 12 graduates who secure "Early Admission" or achieve an ATAR score sufficient for a first-round UAC offer in an appropriate undergraduate degree. For more details see the Cadetship Guidelines.
No, a Management Cadetship position is conditional on the basis that you receive an offer to study at UOW. If you are offered the position, you will need to ensure that you have applied via UAC for entrance into a relevant undergraduate course at UOW and that your preferences are such that your desired UOW course is first. Please refer to the UAC website for more details about preferences.
11. Is the cadetship fun? Do you like it? To what extent would you recommend the program? What has the experience been like for you?
Bachelor of Commerce (International Business & Marketing)
It was the excellent reputation of the Commerce degree at UOW that first attracted me to study in Wollongong . Completing a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in International Business, the flexibility of this course has allowed me to also study for a Marketing minor, and so add diversity to my degree. The University of Wollongong has definitely lived up to my expectations, and so much more. I have forged friendships that will stick for life but best of all, I have been able to study a degree I am passionate about, at an institution favoured and respected by top industry employers.
Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Mgt & Legal Studies)
Deciding which university to attend was one of the easiest choices I have ever made. In my mind there was no other option besides the University of Wollongong. I have found UOW to offer not only a motivating, versatile and rewarding academic environment, but a way of life that is unsurpassable. I was looking for an institution that offers more than just a degree. I wanted to be able to combine my studies with sport, different clubs and societies as well as experiencing the university social environment at its best. In my opinion, UOW offers the complete student package. Like I said, the choice was easy.
The Cadetship provides Cadets with a unique combination of work experience and education that opens the door to graduate positions. Graduates of the Cadetship program have taken on positions such as:
- IT Consultant
- Marketing Coordinator
- Human Resource Manager in IT recruitment
- Human Resource Manager
- Financial Project Manager