This year I had the incredible opportunity to intern as an innovation consultant at one of Queensland’s largest organisations, the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ). I worked at the BaseCamp, their innovation hub which helps foster collaboration and encouraged value creation for the members and stakeholders. Adding to a team of 4 members, my role was to help build a robust business process framework for innovation. Setting up an innovation framework that aims to bring down organisational silos and encourages transparency and collaboration is no simple task. Much more difficult is trying to create a change in corporate culture and asking people to step out of their comfort shoes.
Have you ever gone from being metres away from red-hot steel barreling down a production line one day…
…to touring the inside of a world-leading vehicle manufacturer’s factory the next?
Neither had I.
For two weeks, myself and five other QUT students had the chance to gain inside knowledge of the Australia-Japan relationship as participants in the Mitsui Immersion Program: a program facilitated by Japanese multinational Mitsui & Co. under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan. The program aims to strengthen people-to-people links by providing Australian students with business and cultural insights into one of our closest regional partners.
There are very few awards that Clemenger BBDO did not win last year. 2017 marked an incredible year for the agency as it dominated on the world stage. The agency won countless awards for their masterpiece “Meet Graham”, making it the most creatively awarded campaign of 2017 whilst also being awarded the 2017 Cannes Lions Agency of the year. So when I was offered the opportunity to apply for an internship at the agency’s Brisbane office, I knew it was an opportunity I could not miss.
Does going on exchange and living in the Indo-Pacific for up to 19 months sound incredible to you? How about completing an international internship whilst abroad, or studying a new language full-time? How about doing it all, without financial burden? If you said yes to all the above questions and are interested in the Indo-Pacific and gaining invaluable international experience to kick-start your future, then maybe you should be considering a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.
As I commenced my final year of study in my Bachelor’s degree in Business (Advertising) and Fine Art (Interactive and Visual Design), I knew it was time to get serious about my career. The Brisbane Advertising Association Scholarship really appealed to me as part of the scholarship involved a mentoring program with a range of advertising professionals and I was yet to gain industry experience. Applying for the scholarship was one of the best decisions I made in my final year at QUT; the knowledge and industry contacts I gained from the experience proved to be invaluable and thoroughly prepared me for the transition from university to my career. The application process was similar to applying for a job, I provided a cover letter and resume as well as written and video responses to personal and analytical questions and this was then followed up with an interview. If you are considering applying, go ahead and give it a shot, you have nothing to lose and the application process is great preparation for applying and interviewing for jobs.
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.
Scrolling idly through the Real World Placement website one January afternoon, I was not expecting to see many positions available. Given the time of year, this was understandable, but I searched in hope of an eye-catching opportunity. Thankfully, fortune was on my side when the position of Channel Nine Publicity Intern was being offered. It sent me into a state of sheer excitement. As a Public Relations student, the chance to gain experience in a large media organisation was an ambition of mine, so I was going to give this everything.
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?