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!
QUTASA is the largest business society at QUT. Our vision is to act as the bridge between university and the professional world. Since our foundation in 1998, QUTASA has experienced immense growth through our reputation of delivering premium events to our members.
I’ve been involved with AMPed since it’s relaunch in 2015 and it’s definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made while being at uni.
The QUT Economics and Finance Society (EFS) is a student run social club aimed at engaging and connecting students, in particular, but not limited to those studying Economics or Finance. EFS aims to inform, inspire and incorporate its members into the real world through professional workshops, extensive networking events and educational seminars. Ultimately, EFS aims to position its members effectively for future employment.
Hi, my name is Minal and in July 2016, I joined the QUT Business & Management Student Association (BAMSA). In my third year of a double degree of Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Media and Communication, I felt that it was time to increase my involvement within the university and expand both my social and professional networks. As a student majoring in Human Resource Management, I wanted to join an association that would assist me in that area. Hence, I chose BAMSA.
In November 2016 , I travelled to the UN Climate Talks – known as COP22 – held in Marrakech, Morocco, as a member of the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute’s delegation.
The opportunity allowed me to experience the United Nations first-hand, to witness the process of high-level negotiations between states, and to meet with others from all corners of the globe who are taking action to mitigate the impacts of climate change, some of which our Pacific neighbors are already experiencing. Read more
Mindblown. That’s probably the best word to describe our experiences in San Francisco. For the past two weeks, myself and three other QUT students traveled around Silicon Valley where we visited a number of startups, co-working spaces and headquarters of international tech giants.
We were on a youth mission called Startup Catalyst, taking young, tech-savvy entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley with the aim of learning from some of the world’s best entrepreneurs and bringing that spirit back to the Australian startup scene.
It’s the day before me and twenty other young tech entrepreneurs, including three other QUT students, get on a plane bound for San Francisco, into the heart of the tech world in Silicon Valley.
Typing that sentence gave me goosebumps.
But what is this all about, why am I going to Silicon Valley of all places? It was just over a month ago I heard about Startup Catalyst from one of my good friends. They are a company that organise missions to international hotspots for youths, startups, investors, corporates, and innovation leaders. In particular, they run a “Youth Mission” specifically for young, tech-savvy entrepreneurs and future CTO leaders. The trip involves 10 days in Silicon Valley where we get to meet and interact with global tech leaders like Google and Facebook, and visit smaller startup companies.
On the 10th of October, Taste of Brisbane launched its first food tour of the semester at the delicious Afghani restaurant, Chopan Charcoal, located in Milton. Here, accompanied by 30+ guests, we were immersed in the owner’s culture and heritage while marvelling at the delicious morsels of food that continually filled our plates. At the price of $26 per person, the event proved to be great value for money as guests quickly became full with the steady flow of food making its way to our tables.
Over September and October this year, I had the incredible privilege of representing QUT through a Global Voices research fellowship, travelling to the World Bank and IMF Annual meetings in Washington, D.C.
The fellowship had three components: a research paper, pre-departure briefings, and the official meetings. I learned valuable lessons in each phase, but one takeaway in particular stood out to me: the importance of clear, concise communication.
I realise for a Public Relations student this principle should be obvious, but seeing this in action, on an international level, has shown it to be more important than ever.