“Employers today really value well-rounded individuals,” says Malaysian Bachelor of Actuarial Studies student Jia Tian Teo. “I wasn’t involved in any extracurricular activities before university, but my experience has taught me it’s never too late to start.”
Determined to stand out in the job market after graduation, Jia Tian has seized as many opportunities as possible during her time at Macquarie.
And like so many international students at Macquarie, Jia Tian speaks highly of the Global Leadership Program (GLP), where she has gained crosscultural understanding and leadership skills.
“Through the GLP, I gained knowledge on company cultures, presentation skills and how to be more confident,” Jia Tian says.
Jia Tian recently got the opportunity to put these skills into practice during a three-month internship at Asia Capital.
But above all, Jia Tian says it was the opportunity to volunteer in Vietnam that has brought her the most benefits both professionally and personally.
Supported financially by the University’s generous student travel grants, Jia Tian spent four weeks in Hanoi working with Know One, Teach One (KOTO) – one of the many international experiences available to students through Macquarie’s PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program.
KOTO empowers disadvantaged youths aged 16 to 24, with volunteers like Jia Tian helping to train them in life skills, communication and practical skills that open up employment opportunities in the hospitality sector.
Jia Tian says working with KOTO broadened her views and gave her practical skills that will benefit her in her career.
“There’s only so much that you can gain out of a classroom, and so little of the world that can be learned through a textbook,” she notes.
Jia Tian strongly recommends that international students at Macquarie make the most of the opportunities available to them.
“Go for it,” she says. “Join an organisation, volunteer, be part of a PACE project; the opportunities at Macquarie are limitless.”
Read more about practical experiences available to Macquarie students.