Hi GLPers, my name is Tony and I am in my final semester of Master of Accounting (CPA Extension). I would like to share with you my experiences of studying in a different country.
Through the GLP, I have done a 3-week program, International relations and the Middle East: a comparative European Perspective, in July 2016 in Milan, Italy and a 4-week program, GoAndes – Leadership, in Santiago, Chile earlier this year (watch this short video to find out more about GoAndes).
In a globalised world understanding different cultures is part of our everyday. Indisputably, the best way to understand a culture is to be in the culture yourself, rather than watching TV or reading travel books. Who would say no to spending some time with a local family and participating in their social activities? After all, culture is not about books, but people.
On San Cristobal Hill, overlooking Santiago, Chile, Go Andes Program, 2017.
“The fundamental element that defines the quality of your life is the people you surround yourself with and the conversations you have with them.” – Jon Levi
Fauzan in his role as a Macquarie Careers and Employment Service Representative
Many people believe that networking only needs to be utilized when you are looking for a job, but that’s the wrong idea!
Networking is making contacts, creating and maintaining relationships, finding out about opportunities, and making friends. It is an ongoing process, it requires persistence, attention, organisation and good will. Networking is a two-way street, it is a way of getting to know someone better and finding ways they might be able to help you and how you can help them in return.
Here are my top tips for making the most of networking;
I’ve always had a big heart for languages, and my participation in Macquarie University’s Global Leadership Program certainly provided an encouraging platform for my love of languages to grow and thrive.
During my time at University, I undertook a GLP-approved unit of modern language study (Spanish), and very much enjoyed seeing this study right through from Beginners to Advanced level. My on-campus study was complemented by a combined short course and volunteer experience in Olón, Ecuador, which inspired me to further use my language experience to support the Oxfam International Youth Partnerships (OIYP) program as a volunteer Spanish-English translator. Furthermore, I found great joy in co-establishing and coordinating Beyond Babel, a student-led mentoring program for first-year Language students at Macquarie University.
Meeting with representatives from Embassy and Consulate General of Argentina during a Languages prize-giving event at Macquarie, 2012. Photo: Jennifer Heward.
Imagine with all your mind
Believe with all your heart
Achieve with all your might
I came to Australia as an International student hailing from Pakistan to chase my dreams. I have finished my second Masters Degree in Electronics Engineering and am currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering at Macquarie. Sydney has been home to me for more than one and a half years now, and it has been an astounding journey so far. Moving here gave me an excellent opportunity to explore not only my research interests but also take part in many other fantastic opportunities Sydney offers.
I am motivated by a strong desire for excellence, a drive to succeed and a wish to give back to the community with an open heart and a wide smile. I consider myself an ambitious and competent individual with a strong drive to improve my professional knowledge and leadership skills. When I joined the GLP, I saw it as a good opportunity to develop these skills and expose myself to critical global issues.
Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Professor Kerryn Phelps presenting the City of Sydney pin to Arslan. Photo: City of Sydney.