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I first heard of QUT’s Business Advantage Program during my undergraduate orientation. Whilst undertaking my studies at the Business School, I have always been motivated to build a variety of professional and social skills. As a result, I was drawn to engage in a co-curricular activity that embraces the development of these skills.
Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Google, Uber, Airbnb, Spotify, Fitbit, Netflix, Apple. If one or some of these are involved in your everyday life, then you’ve been exposed to a startup. What’s a startup you ask? And how is it different from a business? Well, in Dan Norris‘ words from his book ‘The 7 Day Startup‘, ‘A business is anything that derives a wage for its founder. By that definition, buying a lawn mowing franchise or opening a corner store is a business. But neither is a startup. A startup is a bit more exciting. It has:1) High impact potential; 2) High levels of innovation; and 3) High levels of uncertainty‘ With these traits, a startup has the ability to change the world! Read more
I had been wanting to attend the Public Speaking module since I first saw it on the line up of events of the Business Advantage Program. After a few failed attempts to book in, I put myself up on a waiting list to increase my chance of securing a spot. It was early January when I received an email from Marvin Fox, the BA Program coordinator, inviting me to a summer session of the Public Speaking Module. I instantly said yes! I thought, what a great way to spend a hot summer day in the cool of the Gibson Room, overlooking the river and working on my public speaking skills!
It has been almost a year since I started at QUT. Though I heard about Business Advantage during the orientation in my very first day, I didn’t take part in it until my second semester. For those who haven’t heard about this program, Business Advantage is an extra-curricular program aiming to help business students develop comprehensive skills through interaction, group discussion, presentation and even debating.
As a postgraduate student within the QUT Business School I knew that I wanted to get the most out of both my studies and from what the university offers. Throughout orientation and the first few weeks I was looking for societies and programs that I could use to improve my skills while making myself more attractive to potential employers.
This is where I first heard about QUT Business Advantage, a modular based program that aims to improve professional skills by connecting students with industry facilitators. Covering a wide variety of topics including professional communication, networking, executive thinking, design thinking and more, the program is highly informative, interactive and relevant.