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.
This year the QUT Business School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations (AMPR) in conjunction with the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS), invited motivated and enthusiastic students to participate in the “2018 AACS Website Challenge”. Read more
Two weeks ago, myself and other three QUT students, along with Associate Professor Shane Mathews from QUT were given the opportunity to participate in the innovation challenge of IAQ Infrastructure Summit.
Each of us was allocated to a team and worked with some of the best from infrastructure, business consulting, engineering, start-ups and government to provide innovative solutions to address one of future Queensland’s core infrastructure challenges, as part of Queensland Infrastructure Summit.
Instead our week kicked off in Beijing where, alongside the QUT Business School’s Assistant Dean (International), Andrew Paltridge, we workshopped with international high school students at the Beijing City International School (BCIS), introducing them to the world of case competitions ahead of our own upcoming competition at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).
Entries for GradConnection’s Top 100 Future Leaders Competition have now closed for 2018; however, I wanted to share my experience with all QUT penultimate students who will have the opportunity to apply next year. It’s your time to shine in the competition that provides the ultimate practice run for graduate program applications before you encounter the real-deal in your final year.
At the end of 2017 I decided to take a chance and apply for the Su Mon Wong Scholarship for Excellence in Marketing. Before I applied, I second-guessed the fact that I deserved the award, ‘What was extraordinary about me that I deserved it?’ Sure, I do internships, and have always found myself undertaking any extra experiences, immersing myself into every opportunity that comes my way – but could I be the top marketing student for 2018?
During the summer holidays, I was fortunate enough to participate in the IÉSEG International Summer Academy program in Paris, France. Without trying to sound as cliché as every other person who also travelled to Europe over Summer this year, the experience was extraordinary and something I will forever be grateful for.
In August 2018, I was selected and sponsored by QUT to attend the 9th University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) in Bangkok, Thailand. Overall, this was a thoroughly enriching experience – a personal highlight was the Community Service Day. I was given the opportunity to partner with the Sikkha Asia Foundation and act as a “big sister” by spending time with youth from the slum community. On this day we visited Bangkok’s oldest animal kingdom – Dusit Zoo. Together, we laughed and connected – providing hope for the youth that is living amidst poverty.
As a double degree student, I had been waiting for what seemed like an age to begin my marketing major units! Finally, this year I was able to enrol in three, one of which was AMB200 Consumer Behaviour run by Dr. Kathleen Chell.