I remember how I felt when my flight landed in Australia for the first time. It was actually a feeling of numbness, where I did not know what to expect. Neither a feeling of excitement nor anxiety but a feeling of nothingness. To be honest, I was very overconfident to feel that I will settle in easily and quicker than other students. But I was completely wrong. I don’t mention it to freak everyone, but it happens and we need to prepare ourselves to deal with that kind of emotion. How do we prepare ourselves for a ‘culture shock’? We have to embrace it and work on it. I know! It’s easier said than done. When I went through it, I didn’t even realize that it was a culture shock. I saw it as being moody, as we all are I am sure, however, it wasn’t the case really.
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.
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.
Two days ago, I was offered a paid internship as a tax accountant for two months during the tax season ( July to August). I was literally too happy I burst out crying when I got the phone call. If you are an international student as well, I’m sure you can understand why I feel this way. I know a lot of international students are struggling in finding an internship, so hope some of the tips I write in this blog can help.