…and we are back!
How fast did the holidays fly? Whether you were gallivanting through Europe or undertaking winter Vacation work, your pals at UQBA trust that you enjoyed your time away from the Great Court.
I have a fairly vivid memory of how well I utilised my time at my first networking event, as the two hour occasion was spent speaking with my already-established group of university friends and eyeing off the free food and drinks. For an event that featured some of the biggest graduate employers in Queensland, I definitely squandered a big learning opportunity by not being inquisitive enough and not getting more out of the event beyond a particularly delicious platter of meat pies.
“So, what are you studying? *insert answer here* “Ohh nice, do you have a job as well or?” It’s the cliché conversation every student goes through; the other cliché is the broke uni student one. So how do you find the balance between working and having $3.10 to your name? Is there a middle ground?
Wilson Lam talks about the benefitsof undertaking internships, where he notes that it is never too early to start. While uni provides the essential textbook knowledge for a chosen field of work, gaining real-life experience through internships/work experience is invaluable to gather insight into the practical side of an industry.
‘Vac’ work. What is it? When do I apply for it? How does it benefit me? These were questions I had the moment I joined UQBA. Did I miss something, how had I not heard of it before? I did some digging and tracked down a student in his final year, past president of UQBA, Vihan Muthanna, to grill him on all my questions about vacation work.