With a career spanning 40 years, Terence Seymour has worn many different hats. Leaving school at age 14, he went from being a draftsman to an underground construction foreman before moving into Human Resources. Along the way, Terence has studied Engineering, Human Movement, and Sport, completed a Masters of Administration at Griffith University and is currently enrolled in a PhD. He describes his attitude to studying as an “insight into how to think and depending on the course of study or work you’re doing, it will give you different ways of understanding the world.”
“I think what my studies have given me is an insight into how to consider issues and think through the implications of those.”
After setting up his own business for a few years and working as an Assistant Commissioner in the Tax Office, Terence moved across to Uniting Care Health. Here he spent time as the Director of Human Resources, responsible for renegotiating all industrial awards and agreements and as the GM of the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital where he focused on creating a positive working environment for employees.
As a mum with three kids, Toni Mason always knew she wanted to be a teacher. With the support of her loved ones, Toni graduated in December 2013 with a Bachelor of Education – Primary (Early Childhood Education) and was awarded the Education Medal. Prior to graduation, Toni was in the middle of her prac at Calamvale Community College when she was offered a job teaching Year 1 students.
The Careers team sat down with Toni to find out she’s finding life after uni, juggling a family and teaching commitments and how her career may have taken a different direction if she had accepted her first Griffith University offer.
What made you decide to study teaching?
It was always something I wanted to study but I never got around to it until I was older. I was a parent with kids and being home with kids and knowing you are working school hours allows you to arrange a flexible schedule. I knew I would be able to come and work from home on the things I needed to do. And kids – that’s the other thing. I love teaching kids, they are fun and it’s always a challenge. It’s exciting and never boring. You never go through the same day twice.
“I spent a lot of time doing things within the Honours College – I was involved with volunteering and went on a trip to Cambodia and last year to Vietnam. I was given the chance to see the world”.
Your university years are often said to be the best of your life. Yes, there are the late night cram sessions, awkward share house situations and a severe lack of funds leading to overindulgence in goon and two minute noodles – but for the most part, university provides a fantastic environment for personal development, excellent experiences and lifelong friendships.
This is particularly true for pharmacy graduate Rebecca Curran. Rebecca illustrates how making the most of your University experience not only gives you fond memories, but can give you opportunities that set you up for the rest of your life.
Yune Chin started working as a Graduate Paraplanner at Suncorp Group three months before graduating a few weeks ago. Yune’s involvement in extracurricular activities, managing casual jobs and volunteering as a Griffith Mate, Career Leader and treasurer of the Golden Key International Honours Society provided invaluable experience for her resume.
The Careers team caught up with Yune to discuss her degree choice, transition from uni to full-time work and tips for new grads.
Yune studied Master of Commerce with a major in Financial Planning from Griffith University.
Why did you choose to study Financial Planning?
I particularly liked the idea of wealth creation and wealth protection – being able to formulate complex strategies to help people achieve their financial goals for the future. Griffith University was the best place to go to as it was one of first tertiary institution accredited by the Financial Planning Association of Australia and the Financial Planning Education Council.
Despite losing her sight halfway through her Griffith University degree, giving up was never an option for Samantha Alexander who graduated with a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the mid-year graduations today.
The indigenous Sydneysider, who studied her degree online, said the biggest hurdle was learning how to use voice-over speech software.
“When I started university I could still read text books, so not being able to read print was very confronting,”she said.
With the help of Griffith’s Disability Support Services, Sam taught herself how to use voice-recognition and speech software.
“From reading textbooks myself to having to listen to a monotonous voice read the text to me and remember that information was a huge learning curve.”
“It’s an entirely different style of learning.”
Sam has an incurable degenerative eye condition called Cone-rod Dystrophy which affects her peripheral and central vision.
She is legally blind and had to give up her driver’s licence three years ago but has maintained her independence, completing an indigenous cadetship with NSW Corrective Services in 2014.
At 18, Bachelor of Education (Secondary) graduate Daniel Collins thought he would be married, living a comfortable suburban life and teaching in Brisbane. In his 3rd year of uni, Daniel’s study exchange to the US changed everything. With a love for all things science and travel, Daniel is currently teaching Biology and Chemistry at a Catholic school outside London and has a reputation for enjoying weekend snowboarding trips in Switzerland and term breaks in Egypt.
The Careers Team caught up with Daniel while at Nordcap in Norway (inside the Arctic Circle) to see how he combines his love of travel with educating students about science.
1994 marked a year of momentous political change in South African history as Nelson Mandela was appointed president, the end of apartheid was celebrated and the country became democratic. Whilst many citizens cheered the dawn of a new era and believed things would get better, there was still enormous uncertainty and danger associated with the future direction of the country. Wayne Beech’s family initially decided to stay in Johannesburg after the first multi-racial election but after his brother was involved in a serious hijacking, they made the tough decision to move to Australia.
After studying marketing in South Africa for two years, Wayne left his family and friends behind to finish his degree at Griffith University. “When I came across here a lot of the subjects I studied at home covered Human Resources and actually got me a large portion of the way to majoring in it. While studying both, I decided I preferred studying Human Resources.”