Thanks to Mannix Old Collegian and Chair of the Mannix Foundation Council, Mark Freeman (1985), current resident Emily Fryett has been working as an intern at the Australian Foundation Investment Company (AFIC) since August 2022. Here, Emily shares her thoughts about the experience. If you’re an Old Collegian who is interested in providing professional pathways for current residents or young alumni, please contact the College.
I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be involved with such a prestigious company, afforded to me by CEO and Mannix alumni, Mark Freeman.
I am currently studying a double degree in Commerce (Finance major) and Science (Mathematics major) at Monash University. In the short time I worked at AFIC, I have learnt so many new skills that have complimented my university studies, and will help to narrow down my areas of interest as I progress in my degree. I have also seen how the theory I am learning in my classes can be practically applied in a corporate environment, and have been exposed to networking opportunities that have enhanced my communication skills to a level beyond what can be learnt in a classroom.
When I moved to Melbourne at the beginning of this year from Launceston, Tasmania, I had no idea that internships such as these were available to me. In Launceston, the opportunities for work experience in the finance industry are very limited, compared to what is offered in Melbourne. Students at Mannix are exposed to so many incredible opportunities to develop their careers and build a network of connections due to the College’s strong relationship with its alumni community. Although I am still in my first year of university, being able to progress in my career at such an early stage of my degree has created strong foundations for anything I choose to pursue in the future.
This opportunity would not have been possible without the support of Mannix, especially the College Principal, Andrew Swan. Mannix has a nurturing environment that allows students to thrive in their studies and encourages them to embrace any opportunity they are presented with. I am excited for the future as I continue to work at AFIC, and look forward to seeing how future students can develop their careers and be offered industry experiences in the same way I have.
– Emily Fryett