I chose to go to China, where I studied at the Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) for six months. I finished my finance degree and took extra courses in Chinese language, culture and business skills. Through contacts at Swinburne I started talking to people at several employers and ended up choosing to do my internship with QBE in Hong Kong.
My career progression took me from engineering, to aviation, moving into finance, and then accepting a job as a business analyst with the IT Team at QBE.
My engineering semester wasn't a waste of time. It taught me how to think in a very structured and logical way. Aviation taught me about the industry and the importance of communication and prioritisation. Commerce taught me how to make informed business decisions. It was all part of my journey of figuring out what I wanted to do.
I still see a lot of value in having aviation industry knowledge, whether or not I work in that industry. For example, QBE has an insurance arm in aviation. If you have industry knowledge, it certainly helps when you are working with or dealing with that industry.
By exploring my options I discovered I really like project work and opportunities that allow me to think outside the box.”