Work Integrated Learning

ITECH7602 Project Demonstrations pave the way for IT innovation

The right work experience can help an international student commence their professional career ahead of the game in Australia. For Federation University students completing real-life projects with Marching Elephants, an innovative consulting company, the experience was priceless.

ITECH7602 students showcased their final group projects that they worked on with the Marching Elephants team last week at a public roadshow demonstration to an audience of ATMC staff, students and the Marching Elephants team.

Lecturer Shreyash Patel with students.

Lecturer Shreyash Patel with students.

The students, who were either studying a Master of Information Technology or Master of Information Systems, worked on a series of innovative IT projects over the semester from rebuilding websites to creating new platforms.

ATMC Lecturer and Marching Elephants Coordinator Shreyash Patel said the event was a success in terms of number of participants and the amount of positive feedback the students received from visitors.

“Students setup kiosks with posters, brochures and flyers and demonstrated their project to the visitors. The visitors acknowledged students’ hard work and professionalism,” he said.

“They also demonstrated their project outcomes to their client – the Marching Elephant team (Andrew, Ken, Sarah, Dean, James, Wesley).”

Marching Elephants staff with students.

Marching Elephants staff with students.

Shreyash said Marching Elephants CEO Andrew Roberts was impressed by the project outcomes and thanked all the students for their dedication and hard work put into the projects.

As an added bonus, two students from the group would be offered full-time, paid positions with the Marching Elephants team. The final nine students in the running for the roles, who were selected based on their Grade Point Average (GPA) scores and work throughout the project, underwent a series of theoretical and practical tests this month to determine who would be offered the positions.

Students during the team building exercise.

Students during the team building exercise.

The students recently completed a Sitefinity software exam and a practical team building activity run by the Marching Elephants team. Marching Elephants Marketing Manager Sarah Tikfesis said the activity aimed to determine how students worked in a team setting and which of them possessed leadership skills.

“They’re going to be part of our team, we need to make sure the people that get chosen are people that are going to be able to work well in our team.”

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The final nine students before the team building exercise.


After interviews with CEO Andrew Roberts and Chairman Ken Sellers, two ATMC students will be offered full-time jobs at Marching Elephants. The selected students and best team prize will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held on June 27 2016 at the ATMC Lonsdale St Campus.

Final five students include:

Rubal SHARMA – (ME Website)

Krunal PATEL –  (Advertising Portal)

Amandeep KAUR – (ME Investor Portal)

Simarpreet KAUR –  (Silicon Bay)

Ganesh THAPA –  (Linx Website)