Australia joins programme offering students chance to be CEO for a day

12 Jun 2019

Australia joins programme offering students chance to be CEO for a day

Five top CEOs sign-up to provide a unique opportunity for Australian students to shadow them for a day.

Australia becomes the 12th country to launch Odgers Berndtson’s unique CEOx1Day programme. Five CEOs from across Australia’s public and private sectors will be the inaugural participants.

The initiative, which has to date involved more than 1,000 participants worldwide is an invaluable experience for both student and CEO.

After their day with a CEO, students come away with real insight into what it takes to successfully run large and complex organisations.

Just as importantly, CEOs get the chance to engage directly with a future generation of leaders and learn from their perspectives.

Top experiences

This first group of Australian CEOs includes leaders from a broad spectrum of sectors and industries.

If they are successful in the selection process, one student could find themselves rubbing shoulders with Australia’s elite athletes, alongside the CEO of Sport Australia, Kate Palmer.

Another student could be immersed in the technology that is turning banking on its head with the CEO of Volt Bank, Steve Weston.

Education and global engagement will intersect for another successful participant on a day with Andrew Barkla of IDP Education;

Finally, there will be the chance to see first-hand the organisations making a real difference to local and international communities, with Elizabeth Koff of NSW Health and Tony Stuart of UNICEF Australia.

Looking ahead

“As an organisation, we are committed to shaping and understanding what leadership means now, and in the future,” explains Tim Sleep, Managing Partner of Odgers Berndtson in Australia & New Zealand.

“While current CEOs understand the challenges of business today, the best way to future-proof an organisation is to consult those who will lead us into the future."

“Connecting bright and ambitious students with these seasoned leaders through the CEOx1Day programme will provide challenges and immense insight to both.”

Entries are open now for any penultimate and final year students enrolled in a Sydney or Melbourne University. Entries close on 21 June 2019.

Apply here now