Joel: My name is Joel. I'm from Mumbai, India and I'm a University of Wollongong Graduate. As a child, I always wanted to be an astronaut. So, mechanical engineering is my pathway to getting there.
Kaiyang: My name is Kaiyang. I’m from China and I’m a University of Wollongong graduate. I feel like it’s a very good University, especially in the computer science, telecommunications, engineering field. And today I’m a data scientist at one of the biggest supermarkets in Australia.
Joel: The opportunity to get work after university was a massive factor for me when coming to Australia. The University’s Careers Central is really amazing. They run a lot of workshops to get you job-ready.
Kaiyang: The University provided a free course to get me prepared for the job market. I studied a lot of interview techniques, I got prepared for the behavioural questions. Carrying vegetables was my first part-time job, and then later on I actually found a job at the University of Wollongong doing the 3D modelling.
Joel: While volunteering and working on campus, I created a lot of networks, and through my networks, I found a job at BlueScope, because they connected me to the people out in industry.
Martin: It’s that sort of human connection – underpinned by your studies – that’s the stuff that makes you employable. One of the great things about being somewhere like the University of Wollongong is that there are lots of great ways to network and get to know the place, and really, that can lead to ways into such businesses.
Joe: The degrees that the graduates from the University of Wollongong have are recognised across the globe. The level of talent in the students we’ve seen come from the University has been very good. But it’s the individual person that’s come through. So the University has provided a fantastic foundation for you to go and achieve things. But it’s then for you to go and leap frog into the next part of your working life.
Joel: For other international students who have considered coming, what I would say is just take that leap of faith.
Kaiyang: Be brave to embrace the challenges, and do the hard work.
Martin: Challenge yourself, meet new people, go for it.