On Friday, February 16, a team of four QUT students boarded an international flight to swap Brisbane’s heatwave for the Montreal snow. Brodie Wilson, Bec Colbrook, Elliott Flowers and myself were set to represent QUT at the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition (JMUCC), hosted by Concordia University, Montreal.
I’ve been in Brisbane for over a month and have witnessed and interacted with women across different cultures and ages. I’ve heard them talk about their careers in workshops and seminars, seen some juggling parenthood and studies, read about some successful entrepreneurs and their new ventures.
This semester exchange is far too much to put into one post, so I’d like to take a slightly different approach and share one week instead, a trip up to the north of Sweden and Norway with many new friends from all over the world.
So, I’m located in Oslo, studying at BI University (amazing by the way!), but this trip officially began in Sweden, so near midnight on a cold February Friday, I boarded a bus destined for the beautiful city of Stockholm, where we would depart around midday. This next leg was another bus trip but much longer at 20 hours, driving to the far north. That’s right, two whole nights on a bus: in a 48-hour period we would be spending 28 of those hours crammed like sardines. I remember thinking “this better be worth it!”, and luckily it blew my expectations away.
The feeling of a dream coming to reality is best explained when I got my visa for Australia to study at QUT. I was nervous and excited. New country, new culture, new beginnings, new friends, creating opportunities for myself; but it also meant getting out of my comfort zone, returning to studies after a good nine-year break – and not to forget self doubt!
For some students graduation is a day of celebration that all the sleepless nights, social and financial sacrifices and early lectures are all over, but for me, it was so much bigger than that.
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
Heard words like startups or innovation but not sure what the fuss is about? Got an idea but not sure what to do next? Want to make more of your degree and work on something cool which is more than a uni project? Even if you don’t have a startup idea and you are just interested in the entrepreneurial community – QUT Starters is for you.
Choosing which uni to attend was a big decision. I understood this decision would change my life and chose QUT due to its “real world” approach, however, I never considered my QUT journey would be so rich and in-depth.
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.
The leap between student and professional is a bit like walking through your own home in the dark of the night. Through the years, units, knowledgeable academic staff and “real-world” application of QUT study, you emerge with a sound and practical understanding of your road ahead – in theory. Like stumbling through a familiar home in the dark – knowing the layout well enough to navigate the hallway but not certain of what’s looming ahead – getting started in the workforce can feel much the same.
But what if you could turn on the light?