Get the best out of your time at university

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While my time at QUT has all but ended, I know that there are many people out there who are so close to beginning their lives at university. And I’m sure that there are many others who, like me, would love to study Creative and Professional Writing or other Creative Industries courses. But let’s be honest though. The thought of studying at university is daunting. It’s a big change from high school, and it’s likely that you don’t know what to expect. Although every course is different, I’ve compiled a list that will help you get the best out of your time studying Creative Industries at QUT.

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Finding Work

It’s a little bit scary to think about it, but this year is my final year of university. I don’t know how I feel about this because while a part of me kind of wants to graduate, the other part of me kind of wants to stay for a while longer. One thing I do know is that with university getting closer and closer to the end, I’ve really needed to find casual work so that I can finish the year with some sense of support behind me. To be honest, I’ve been trying to find a job since I left high school in 2012, and it was no easy task. But now, I’ve finally been successful in this adventure and because these things helped me out a lot when it came to getting the position, I thought that I would share the advice with all of you. Read more

Am I ready for the Real World?

I’m doing an elective this semester called AMB310 Internship, and we’re required to write a journal throughout the semester detailing our experiences with sourcing and working in an internship of our choosing.  Last week’s topic was all about “Am I Ready” – essentially dissecting ourselves and our readiness for the big bad world out there.

Accurate portrayal of me this semester.

Accurate portrayal of me this semester.

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Working for QUT as a Student

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!

A happy looking bunch of Peer Advisers

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 schoolinfo@qut.edu.au