I cannot remember a time in my life when I didn’t want to travel. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to many places throughout Europe and Asia already, but I think my biggest adventure is yet to come. In Semester 2 of this year, I will be heading to Gothenburg, Sweden on a 6 month university exchange. I will be studying three economics subjects during my time there. Before my arrival in Sweden, I am planning on travelling on a Contiki trip through Europe including Slovenia, Slovakia and many other interesting destinations. Read more
Week 2 of the Hansard Scholars’ Programme is now done and dusted and what another fantastic week it has been. Whilst it ended on a sad note due to the unfortunate terror attacks in London on Saturday night, it is clear the British are highly resilient people and will continue to live their lives, with extra vigilancy. The Police and Government authorities should be commended for their consistent dedication around the clock to ensure the people of the United Kingdom are kept safe in this difficult time. I was very pleased to see Brisbane City has joined in recognising the victims of this unfortunate attack through the lighting of our iconic Story Bridge.
Well, week 1 of living in London is done and dusted and what a wonderful week it has been! The sun has been shining for the most part which has been fantastic to explore this great city in. It was a pleasure to join with my peers on Saturday 20 May to embark on our 8 week journey together as part of the Hansard Scholars’ Programme, which sees us undertake study with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as well as an internship with a Member of Parliament here in the UK. As a QUT Business student majoring in Public Relations and Management, real world experiences have always been my dream and this experience really is just that and more! Politics has always been an interest of mine which has been heavily influenced by my part time employment as a political staffer whilst I study full time. Where better to experience this passion of mine than none other than London?
Earlier this year, I was awarded a scholarship from Global Voices, a not-for-profit that funds student delegations to conferences worldwide. I will be attending the OECD conference in Paris this June, and have recently returned from preliminary meetings in Canberra. This blog post presents my thoughts on those recent Canberra meetings.
Me, in front of Parliament House (11/05/17)
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?
Excitement and anticipation are emotions that first come to mind when I think about the experience that awaits me. On 31 January 2017 I was thrilled to receive an email advising me that my application to partake in the Hansard Scholars’ Programme had been approved. This eight week program will see me travel to London during May – July to undertake an internship with a Member of the British Parliament, as well as engage in study delivered through the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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.