On Friday, February 16, a team of four QUT students boarded an international flight to swap Brisbane’s heatwave for the Montreal snow. Brodie Wilson, Bec Colbrook, Elliott Flowers and myself were set to represent QUT at the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition (JMUCC), hosted by Concordia University, Montreal.
I first heard of QUT’s Business Advantage Program during my undergraduate orientation. Whilst undertaking my studies at the Business School, I have always been motivated to build a variety of professional and social skills. As a result, I was drawn to engage in a co-curricular activity that embraces the development of these skills.
It sounds like something out of a fairy tale. A girl goes to uni in the big city and learns about the world of entertainment production. She studies for three long years and learns about all the creative, business and law elements that make any piece of entertainment tick. She then graduates and goes to work at the home of entertainment – the most magical place on earth – Walt Disney World.
When I told people that I would be spending my weekend – both entire days, Saturday and Sunday! – doing university-related things instead of enjoying the sub-Summer temperatures like the rest of Brisbane, many people told me that something must’ve been wrong or I needed the extra credit.
The QUT Economics and Finance Society (EFS) is a student run social club aimed at engaging and connecting students, in particular, but not limited to those studying Economics or Finance. EFS aims to inform, inspire and incorporate its members into the real world through professional workshops, extensive networking events and educational seminars. Ultimately, EFS aims to position its members effectively for future employment.
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the 2016 University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) in Hanoi, Vietnam. Attended by over 700 delegates from 69 countries, USLS aimed to ‘provide the next generation of leaders with a vision of how to distinguish themselves as future leaders of the 21st century.’ The symposium truly did achieve everything it set out to do and much more. Read more
A city made to make the world turn faster, the roads lined with cars powered by thunder. Thousands of startups work around the clock, more than in Silicon Valley. Shenzhen is the tech capital of Asia, situated in China along the Hong Kong border.
The QUT alumni we met spoke of Shenzhen in awe, vast factories churning out the latest drones and greatest gadgets, while the entire “smart city” was saturated in all kinds of new-generation technology. Australia, our home, seemed totally backward in comparison.
I wanted to see the brighter future before it hit us.
If you have ever played a video game like Civilization, you probably have an understanding of how hard it is to promote your country’s interests on the global scale. And if you are interested in international politics, you know for sure that it is nearly impossible to get everything you want without giving something back.
BrizMUN four day program gives students and opportunity to dive into vigorous debates around the most critical issues, United Nations style. The program is designed to emulate the UN’s committees, councils and general assemblies with the real current political and social issues on the table.
Choosing the right degree is daunting, but figuring out what to do after Uni is even more overwhelming. Employers prefer grads with “experience” but finding the right experience can be challenging. However, this is less challenging thanks to our access to QUT supported internships that provide students with career specific experiences – increasing the likelihood of graduate employment.
I have been fortunate to have gained experience through the CPIE Scholarship program. The CPIE internship provided me with the opportunity to put the theory I had learnt into practice and gain real-world experience. The experiences gained assisted me to decide on areas of potential specialisation within my chosen field.
On my first day of university, I (a tea drinker), decided I wanted to fit into the coffee crowd. With my chin in the air and a purposeful stride, I walked into the first café I saw and ordered the first coffee on the menu. I attempted to put the lid on it and by some act of Satan I emptied the entire contents of the cup on my white shirt. On the same day I walked into an incorrect lecture room and also happened to wave at two different people who as it turns out weren’t waving at me. A typical Thursday, really.