It sounds like something out of a fairy tale. A girl goes to uni in the big city and learns about the world of entertainment production. She studies for three long years and learns about all the creative, business and law elements that make any piece of entertainment tick. She then graduates and goes to work at the home of entertainment – the most magical place on earth – Walt Disney World.
Today marks one month before I embark on my first trip to Bangladesh.
In December 2016, I graduated from a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Fashion) and Bachelor of Business (Marketing). My degree took me in many unexpected directions, beginning with a dream to become a wedding dress designer but instead, finding a passion for ethical supply chain management. In my final year of study, I focused my graduate collection on educating consumers about some of the issues in fashion production and consumption, such as cotton production, dye waste and workers’ rights.
When I told people that I would be spending my weekend – both entire days, Saturday and Sunday! – doing university-related things instead of enjoying the sub-Summer temperatures like the rest of Brisbane, many people told me that something must’ve been wrong or I needed the extra credit.
As an international student doing the Master in Business with a major in Strategic Advertising at QUT, I can say that enrolling in the project unit has been one of the most enriching academic experiences I have had in Australia. One of several reasons I chose QUT was its promise to deliver highly relevant knowledge linked to industry level practices that students will face once finished their courses. Read more
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
Entrepreneurship isn’t exactly the easiest thing to ‘learn’ – in fact, it’s one of those skills that you can’t necessarily acquire just by writing up an assignment or passing an exam. The next best thing to learning how to be an entrepreneur is probably learning from an entrepreneur – and QUT has produced its fair share of young alumni that are disrupting their industries through innovative business models.
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.
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.
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!