With a career spanning three continents and early aspirations to be an aeronautical engineer, Mohammed Hayat took on his biggest personal and professional challenge to leave the industry he had worked in for many years to explore his passion for the environment. After starting an Arts degree in 1995, Mohammed discovered his heart wasn’t in it and transferred to a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, graduating in 2000.
Originally from South Africa, Mohammed migrated to Brisbane in the late ‘80s and worked part-time as a soil tester throughout his undergraduate studies. “For this particular role, there was a lot of on-the-job learning. I was exposed to some environmental components and I got to interact with what I studied such as water, air and noise monitoring.” His degree took him to CSIRO where he would test different rocks from the mines in southern and western Australia.
Then, an initial eighteen month internship exchange program with a small company in the US extended to eight years. “Initially I went over as a student and learnt a lot of on-the-job skills for geophysical surveying”.
“My progression from high school to today has been interesting to say the least!”
Writing, acting, furniture design, violin, travel and construction.
These diverse passions seem an unlikely combination, but for journalism graduate Kitty Danger, they form the less than traditional path that has led to a fulfilling career in public relations at The Red Republic.
While many high school graduates feel the pressure to careen head first into a chosen career, Kitty took the time to explore her options before settling on a Bachelor of Journalism, specializing in PR and Arts and Creative Industries.
This process of discovery led to Kitty securing a role well suited to her diverse and colorful personality. Working as an Account Manager on a variety of events, social media and publicity campaigns, means she is able to channel her creative side and in her own words “never get bored”.
As one of Griffith’s first dental school graduates and the founding president of the Griffith University Surfers Paradise Rowing Club, David Houston’s career is going from strength to strength overseeing two dental clinics in Brisbane’s North-East suburbs of Redcliffe. Watch as he explains his career journey from Griffith student to entrepreneurial Griffith graduate.
As General Manager – Asia Pacific for EJ, Griffith Commerce graduate Simon Botttomley is passionate about pursuing business excellence with 20 years’ experience in the industry. Simon credits his university experience for delivering him with a skill set and confidence to mix it in the real world of business.
When Carolyn’s sister, Michelle White, looked into doing nursing about 15 years ago and found out it was a degree, she thought it was too scary back then. Michelle’s motivation to study at university was to have a career post family and to be able to work alongside her husband in the primary care industry. Once Carolyn enrolled, her brother in-law told her to convince Michelle and with only a week till cut-off she applied. They were both accepted and the rest was history.
This began a three year journey of sisters doing it for themselves as they navigated university life as mature-age students, managed full-time workloads and undertook nursing placements to put into practice what they learned in lectures.
“I could end up as a paediatric specialist or a sports specialist. I don’t know. It’s about being open to opportunities that come my way”
Many graduates have a clear expectation of what their career will look like once they put down their tasseled caps and gowns and step out into the real world. A journalism student will become a journalist for a news organization and a nursing student will become a nurse in a hospital.
While assumptions exist about what your first job out of uni ‘should’ look like, physiotherapy graduate Krystle Luvis is proving how being open to different opportunities can provide you with a much richer experience when starting your career.
Krystle graduated from a Master of Physiotherapy and admits she didn’t make any clear goals for her career post-University. While most of her friends were fixated on working for sporting teams or in private practice, she didn’t know where she was going to end up and was still trying to decide between the private and public systems.
Brisbane’s recent coldest day in 103 years seems like a world away as I prepare to meet with Griffith graduate Brooke Santurini at the Gold Coast Tourism office in the heart of Broadbeach. People wander the busy precinct in casual summer attire, stirring memories of carefree summer holidays with my family. I wonder if you lived and worked on the Gold Coast you’d be able to maintain that relaxed holiday feel.
My questions are soon answered as Brooke reflects on how she ended up at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus as a Bachelor of Business student majoring in Management and Marketing. Growing up in Daylesford in country Victoria, Brooke’s family would often visit the Coast for their holidays and her enjoyment of the lifestyle influenced her decision to accept a rural scholarship to study at Gold Coast campus.
Do you sometimes wonder where you could end up after graduating? We, the Careers and Employment Service, got to catch up with some amazing, successful and interesting graduates for our ’30 Grads in 30 Days’ campaign. Each day in August, we will feature stories from Griffith grads across our social media. The stories focus on how they ended up at Griffith, their uni experiences and career journey since graduation.
In May 2013, I made the difficult decision to leave the place I had become accustomed to for the last five years. It was my apprenticeship into the tertiary sector, taught me how the systems worked, allowed me decipher the never-ending acronyms of university and build relationships with fellow staff, industry and students. In the process, it became one of the great loves of my life. On my last day, I looked back on everything I had accomplished knowing that I gave everything and my degree in Communications allowed me to try things I once imagined impossible.