Meeting with a mentor

Every four weeks or so I wake up earlier than usual and catch the train to a café in Toowong. Here I meet with my mentor for coffee (or tea) and an informal chat about university life, career plans and prospects, interviews and applications, transiting into the workforce, or life as a CEO.

I met my mentor through the QUT Career Mentor Scheme and since then we’ve remained in contact and continue to meet regularly. Having a mentor is something that many students don’t consider until after they’ve graduated and entered the workforce. Finding a mentor while you’re still studying can help you remain motivated about study, and also assist you to prepare and plan for life after university.

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Campus on the Weekends

This semester I’m taking a unit, AYN426 International Capital Markets Law and Regulation, that is taught at the Gardens Point campus on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s an ‘intensive style’ unit, so rather than class each week, we attend for four weekends over the semester. Although this is my final semester at QUT, I’ve never before been to the campus on the weekends. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. No crowds – no hassle. In the past I worked weekends and studied during the week, however now that I’m no longer working weekends and now having to study on Saturdays and Sundays, I think I’ll be studying on campus more often.

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Life as an SLA

PG SLAs (left to right) Marcus, Tara, Negin

This semester will be my fourth semester assisting students as a Postgraduate Student Learning Advisor (SLA). I’m part of a team of current undergraduate and postgraduate students who help Business students succeed in their studies. I applied to become a SLA after meeting a current SLA at an event held on campus. She encouraged me to apply at the end of September when applications opened.

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