In November I finally graduated (still feels good saying that) and decided to make the big move from QUT all the way to . . . QUT. Yep, I’m postponing the real world for just a little longer with postgraduate study. My new course? The Graduate Diploma in Education. It qualifies me to teach my undergraduate degree knowledge in Film, TV & New Media.
When most people think of ‘film’, they think of Hollywood. But studying film can take you down many more roads than just Hollywood Boulevard. If you haven’t noticed already, video is everywhere. Videos communicate messages powerfully, and tell stories like no other medium. You’ll rarely see a company, a project, an event or any sort of online campaign without a video to accompany it. And this is where you and I come in.
It’s after graduation, schoolies and general end of high school antics, and you’re awaiting that one or two digit number set to determine your near future. Thanks to your high school’s preachings, many of you still consider your OP to be the holy grail to success.
While it’s true that the right OP may perhaps get you into your desired area of study quicker and easier, it mustn’t be forgotten that countless other pathways exist in regards to getting to where you want to be – a topic that I’ve previously written about.
Initially, I started university with the sole intention to study. I planned to do my three years, get my degree, and head off to the real world. Throughout this though, I knew I would need a job to support myself. Thankfully, QUT came to the rescue.
On my first day of Uni, at the Caboolture campus, something caught my eye. It was a little pamphlet with a simple title; “do you want to earn some extra cash?”. I thought yes, yes I do – and picked it up. It said I should apply to become a Student Ambassador. My eyebrows raised. Then it told me the hourly rate of QUT’s casual workers (check out ‘HEW2’). My eyebrows raised higher. At that moment, a current ambassador caught me looking at the pamphlet. He said “dude, it’s the best job, and there’s heaps of work up for grabs”. I knew what I had to do.
So I applied, and in all honesty, the best thing about starting university, was getting the job. Becoming a Student Ambassador has opened up a ridiculous amount of doors throughout my degree, and has been perfect in complementing my studies. I could rant on and on about how good it is, but all you need to know is that any student can apply, at any campus, and it’s great fun.
But that’s not all. Through my position as an Ambassador, I managed to get a job filming around campus, which was perfect seeing as I study film! I then met the QUT ‘Explore Uni‘ team, and ended up working for them also. When I made the move to Brisbane the following year, I was able to continue working as an Ambassador, and picked up ANOTHER job at the QUT Library as a Peer Adviser. As if there wasn’t enough on my plate already, I then applied to become a Digital Marketing Ambassador, and so here I am writing this blog post!
This is just an example of the sort of work you can get at university whilst studying. There’s heaps on offer, and it’s hands down better than washing dishes (or any other job I’ve had for that matter). For me, QUT has become more than just my place of study, and frankly, with all that’s on offer, I’m in no rush to finish my degree.
QUT, I’m here to stay!
Editor’s note: If you’re interested in becoming a QUT Student Ambassador, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Easily my favorite thing about being a creative industries student at university is the massive amount of holidays I get to indulge in. I usually don’t have exams, so end up with about four months off at the end of each year. You jelly? 😉
I like to travel as much as I can, so I usually spend a part of this time overseas. Last year I embarked on a trip around South East Asia with two mates, which entailed some awesome experiences. We visited Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam – a trip I’d highly recommend. There was definitely some unique and interesting adventures involved, and here’s one of them…
QCS – the dreaded end of year test confusingly designed to determine your ‘all-important’ OP score. Since the beginning of high school, you’ve probably had the exact same thing repeated to you, as we all have; “Pick your subjects in grade 9/10, that will lead to the subjects you want to study in grade 11/12, which are directly related to your course at university, which leads to you obtaining your dream profession.” In other words – pick your career when you’re 13 years-old. Easily done right?