A successful startup story
Hillridge Technology is based in Haymarket HQ, Australia’s first startup hub supporting entrepreneurs to connect to Asia.
‘I’ve got a group of international students working with me,’ says Dale Schilling, CEO and founder of early stage startup Hillridge Technology. ‘What I really like is that they already have that international mindset. I want to expand internationally and it really helps to have a team that’s already thinking that way.’
Previously, Dale has advertised a number of paid, part-time internships through university jobs boards and the Ribit platform. ‘I got an overwhelming response when I put the ad on the University of NSW and University of Sydney jobs boards,’ he says. ‘The quality of the candidates was just exceptional.’
A number of the students Dale took on have since gone on to win full-time roles elsewhere.
Dale knows personally how important work experience is for international students. ‘I studied overseas in Japan and I was given a big opportunity to work while I was studying, so I want to do the same thing. I think companies do themselves a disservice if they ignore that very important part of the student body.’