Seven different careers – a lifetime of experience – Terence Seymour

Terence-SeymourWith 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.

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Passport to success – Rebecca Curran

Rebecca-Curran

“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.

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Steps to a fairer financial world – Yune Chin

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.

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Disability no barrier to study for Sam

Samantha-Alexander

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.

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Go global with education and science – Daniel Collins

Daniel-CollinsAt 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.

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A tale of two cities – Wayne Beech

Wayne-Beech1994 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.”

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Finding strength in future professionals – Paul Hodgson

Paul-Hodgson“I think Griffith courses are at the forefront of tertiary education, as they are consistently dynamic in their offerings.”

It’s no surprise to us that Griffith graduates are thought leaders and innovators in their respective fields – at Griffith Careers, we witness graduates fulfil their career aspirations and create real change in their industries on a daily basis.

This is because many University courses are structured to reflect the increasingly globalised economic and social structures of the world today. Coursework is created with real world applications in mind, giving students the relevant problem solving and critical thinking skills to succeed in the current job market.

It was this innovative approach to learning that led Paul Hodgson to study at Griffith. The multifaceted approach of the international business relations degree laid the foundation for building a highly successful career.

“The Bachelor of International Relations was a bit of everything and it looked really exciting. It looked global, it offered a bit of marketing, accounting, law, economics and Asian languages. It really appealed to me,” he says.

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How taking a leap of faith led to an incredible career opportunity – Jennifer Schwartz

Jennifer-Schwartz“The worst thing you can do is look back on your life in 5-10 years and wish you had made that move. You don’t want to have any feelings of regret.”

Sometimes, the best thing you can do in life is take a risk.

For HR graduate, Jennifer Schwartz, taking a leap of faith is paying off considerably. She is leaving friends, family and the coastal paradise she calls home to start an exciting new role as the Recruitment & HR Coordinator at L’Oreal in Melbourne.

For Jennifer, South East Queensland doesn’t quite have the same sparkle as the bigger southern cities, despite its natural allure. Sometimes it’s necessary to look further afield for opportunities and for those concerned with career advancement, a move to Sydney or Melbourne could certainly be the ticket.

“When you’re on the Gold Coast, there isn’t a lot of large scale organisations with HR departments that can offer you career development and it’s important for me to find a business that offers advancement opportunities. I don’t want to become complacent,” Jennifer says.

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Behind the behaviour – Sgt Michelle Mullen

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Psychological Science, Sergeant Michelle Mullen is a strong advocate for developing your career aspirations. After 13 years of general duties, Michelle returned to study and is now the District Crime Prevention Coordinator in her station. A fantastic insight into how continually learning can prepare you for the perfect job.

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Application success – Chelsea McGuiness

chelsea“Chase your passion and the money will come”

Griffith graduate Chelsea McGuiness is a shining example of how pursuing the activities you are most passionate about can lead to a successful and fulfilling career later in life.

For Chelsea, coding was always a hobby. It was only during her gap year working as a reservationist in luxury transport did she realize it could become a long term career.

“My boss said ‘I want to change this on the website but I don’t want to get the guys to do it’, so I said ‘I’ll have a look at it’ and from there, I thought ‘maybe I should see what Uni offers in this area’ and that’s how I got into multimedia,” she says.

It’s a thread often repeated by fresh high school graduates who just don’t know what to do with their lives. Who does at 17? Evaluating the activities that make you happy is certainly a great place to start.

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