Work work work work work

Unless you’ve been at uni for a while (third year or more), then chances are that you have probably never heard of the term Work Integrated Learning (WIL). These are units that you can take in your final year of study and allow you to get work experience through an internship, project or study tour*. Because after all, QUT is the university for the real world!

I study Business AND Creative Industries which means that I get two of these awesome units which both count towards my degrees. I used one of these last semester and went on the Mumbrella 360 Media and Communication study tour to Sydney. And it was amazing! So here are three reasons to go on a study tour.

  • You get to visit some really cool organisations. Some of the ones I went to include News Corp Australia, SBS and BuzzFeed!

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  • You get to meet real industry people and make connections with bigwigs who may be your future employers

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  • The assessment is pretty easy! I had to do a group presentation before we left, 5 x 400 word blog posts while I was down there and 1000-word essay when I got back

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*Check your study plan as not all courses offer WIL as part of the degree. However, you may be eligible to choose a study tour as an elective.

Playing limbo: my transition into QUT from highschool.

I was fresh, straight from high school, an excited young girl ready to take on free dress every day as a new university student! (Yes, I was excited about the free dress – where unlike in school – it actually was free to wear non-uniform – instead of a gold coin donation).

My first day of uni was the most outrageous, funny day. I caught the train into uni and waddled my way through the city to the lovely Garden’s Point Campus. The array of tents and stalls that crowded the pavements at the entrance was an exciting sight to behold.
There were people everywhere! And they were chanting “freebies” and “prizes”. I thought this was incredible.

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Sun’s out, fun’s out! Why you should go to QUT Caboolture orientation.

The sun was out. The car park was full. Cars were parked all the way up the street. I was starting to think that it would have been quicker to walk from home. The Caboolture campus is usually pretty quiet during the semester. So why all the commotion? Two words: O-Week! Read more

Ride the Uni bus!!

I hear from a range of different people, friends and family members about how much they love the idea that I have lived a solid life before studying to become a primary school teacher. Apparently, my gender will give me edge and fill a gap in a feminised industry. Apparently, it is better to bring life experience to the role as opposed to have gone from school to university and back into a school again.

Truth: I love congratulating myself for sitting higher on the experience food chain than most of my classmates.

Reality: I didn’t really think it through.

University IS life experience. In high school, we (generally) stay in one location from 9ish till 3ish, and study a standardised curriculum to make sure we have a foundation of knowledge to set us on our chosen path.

Not so at university. It comes with specialised subject areas, adult conversation, and more importantly, opportunities to explore who we are and how we want to live our lives. There’s no reprimand for missing classes because we only disadvantage ourselves. There’s no yes or no answers, just a chance to have a fully developed understanding of a plethora of ideas so that we take our best selves forward into our lives.

Gap years are great, but they’re not essential. I would love to spend a year in France working on a ski slope and getting to know red wine and camembert on a deeper level. But, I’ve come to realise that university life is just as much of an enriching experience as any other option.

Take it from an old guy who’s had more experiences than should be publicly disclosed. Uni life is amazing, if you grab it with both hands. Do away with your preconceived ideas about ‘getting out there’, and just get involved. Some of the most challenging, enjoyable, outrageous and studious moments that have filled my longish life have been had at Uni. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I love riding the bus. I feel like I’m achieving a wonderful goal while staring out the window in quiet thought. Ride the Uni bus, and stare out the window of your life in deep reflection and deeper dreaming.

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Become a Digital Ambassador for QUT

If you’re a current QUT undergraduate student looking for a unique opportunity to share your university journey and the story of how you ended up at QUT, now is the time to apply to become a Digital Ambassador!

We’re looking for a few students from all study areas who enjoy photography, writing, drawing, interviewing, graphic design, filmmaking or blogging. You’ll be paid to create content that will be published on QUT’s social media accounts (such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube), as well as on our blogs Student Sharehouse and Student Life in Brisbane.

Share your university journey with others

This isn’t your typical casual job – ultimately you decide when you want to work, and how you fit it in with your other commitments. The Digital Ambassador role is a paid position, with pay based on the style and format of content you create. We expect that you will contribute content a couple of times a month.

We encourage creativity and are looking for photos, videos, drawings, infographics, blog posts, short clips, interviews, (or a combination of these) to show prospective students what uni life is like at QUT.

DA applications

How to apply

To apply for this position, you will need to submit a written application, outlining why you would like to become a Digital Ambassador, and express why you’d be suitable for the role. Please let us know if you are domestic or international student, what course you are studying, and what year of study you are in.

You’ll also need to submit an example of creative work that describes how you transitioned into uni life at QUT (whether you went in straight after high school, took a gap year, worked before studying at QUT etc.). Your creative work can be one of the following:

  • a blog post (200-300 words in length) with one original image included
  • a series of four Instagram posts (images and/or videos) with captions
  • a short video, no longer than 30 seconds

If you already have or contribute to public social media accounts (e.g. a blog, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube channel, etc), please provide links to your presences. The content does not need to be relevant to your role as a Digital Ambassador, but should be appropriate to share with a prospective employer.

If this sounds like something you’re interested in being a part of, submit your application to qut.socialmedia@qut.edu.au by close of business (5pm) on Friday, March 18.

Student Bloggers

Need some help getting started?

Check out our Instagram channel for visual content inspiration, or view our other blog posts for ideas. We’ve also included some of our most popular content from last year below:

Digital Ambassador Instagram content [An]

Digital Ambassador Instagram content [Sara]Digital Ambassador Instagram content [Maddie] Digital Ambassador Facebook content [An]

Digital Ambassador Facebook content [Sean]

Digital Ambassador Facebook content [Sara]

O week as an Introvert

qut introvertBeing an introvert is a tricky balance between wanting to be social but not wanting to go through all the logistics of social life. Uni is the best place to meet people with similar interests to you, and there’s potential to make friends for life. This is why its so worth it to make the effort to try and meet new people. I know that this is easier said than done, but here are a few tips you can use when you attend O week, and apply throughout your time at uni as well. Read more

Laying down the Law: 4 Law Student Tips I wish I knew

My view for the past 3 months

It’s the summer holidays! Three months of total relaxation! It’s time to put down my legal textbooks and psychology articles and instead “slip on a shirt, smack on sunscreen and slap on a hat” (that’s all that you’re meant to do in summer right?) Around this time many moons ago (three years’ worth of moons in fact) I was a recent high school graduate, super eager to start my life at university, but also really having no clue what to expect. I’m now about halfway through the Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)/Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and as such have learnt a few tricks of the trade. Here are some helpful hints to help new law students survive and thrive during their first year of law. Read more