“University is an incredible catalyst for extracting ambition and allowing it to flourish.”
Bachelor of Information Technology graduate Benjamin Hall shares his motivation for pursuing a university degree, his love of technology and his processes and dedication for achieving a graduate position in his field.
What made you decide to go to university?
During high school I had no real aspirations to study further as I wanted to be a chef. My parents weren’t so sure but my mother presented a strong case for more study which stuck with me forever. A year later I promised my late mother I would go to university for her and started working harder. In my final year at high school, I received the Griffith University Gold Coast Award and a direct offer to study a double degree in business. Although I didn’t study business, my promise to my mother was the real motivation to study at university. Since I walked into Griffith, I loved every moment and am so thankful of the words my mother spoke.
As a lecturer at Macquarie University in the Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Dr John Selby confesses he took an unusual path on his way to academia. At age 15, John was already deciding which university to attend and degree to pursue. His parents had left school early and as the first in his family to go to university, he was drawn to Griffith University to study combined law and international business degrees. “I just didn’t want to study law on its own and wanted to have another degree. I felt the academic staff at Griffith focused on ensuring students learned as much as possible and there was a focus on a new generation of university students.”
As Breakfast Newsreader for Brisbane’s Nova 106.9 radio with Ash, Kip and Luttsy, Ange Anderson has come a long way since her days as a Bachelor of Communications student at Griffith University. With a media career spanning 10 years, see how Ange created opportunities to build to where she is now and heading.
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.
Over the past few days, I’ve been speaking to grad recruiters about the qualities they seek in the ideal candidate. I’ve also run into some students who are currently going through the application process and feeling frustrated after submitting over fifty applications. Whether you are a first year student or in your final weeks, it may not be that simple to walk into the perfect job. Sometimes you will get led down a path you didn’t expect and end up learning skills you never even imagined. As the mid semester break starts, consider what Griffith provides to enhance your employment prospects
Every year, the Careers and Employment team run the Industry Mentoring Program which matches students to mentors in their field and it offers an invaluable opportunity to expand your networks.
Companies Now Recruiting for 2015
It’s that time of year once more. The major companies are opening their metaphorical recruitment doors and accepting applications from a herd of eager, dewy eyed final year students looking to break their way into some of the top companies in the world.
Graduate programs are a fantastic place to start your career, although they are competitive, with companies accepting hundreds of applications each year. Don’t let that deter you, however, as securing a coveted place in these programs offer a myriad of benefits.
The graduate programs are usually structured with extensive training and development opportunities. Some of them work on a rotational basis, meaning you get the opportunity to experience a range of different roles (a benefit scarcely seen in typical entry level positions). You will also be earning a decent entry level wage while receiving this training and are in a great position to develop and grow your career with a top tier company. You can also apply for graduate programs with various government departments.