After graduating A.B. Paterson College in 2010, I commenced a dual-degree of Bachelor of Business Management/Bachelor of Arts at the University of Queensland, St. Lucia campus. I was also accepted into on-campus accommodation within the University precinct at Emmanuel College. I am currently in my fourth year of study, having lived on campus for these past four years, and I am due to graduate at the end of 2015.
During my first year of university, I also began work experience for Riviera Australia Pty Ltd at their Gold Coast manufacturing facility. I now balance part-time work for Riviera with my studies and enjoy being exposed to many different facets of the business.
Being employed for Riviera has afforded me the opportunity to gain exposure to many aspects of corporate business, both locally and overseas, within the luxury boating market specifically, but also the marine industry in general. From travelling to boat shows to being involved in the business’s day-to-day operations, I have developed a diverse range of skills that go hand-in-hand with my tertiary studies and I look forward to building upon these in my future career.
Having attended A.B. Paterson College from Prep to Year 12, I feel very much indebted to the College. For me, it was so important to make the most of my time there and, ultimately, to do what I could to give back to the College community that afforded me with so many wonderful opportunities.
On a personal level, A.B. Paterson College taught me to always strive for excellence, because if you are not investing your upmost passion and dedication into something, then it is really not worth your time, energy and talent. A.B. Paterson College also taught me that good things might come to those who wait, but they will always come to those who are committed and work tirelessly towards achieving their goals.
Professionally, the main lesson that has stayed with me from A.B Paterson College is the importance of communication skills. The College taught me how to public speak, how to debate, and how to behave and engage in conversation in a professional manner. These are skills that have been invaluable to me both at university and in my career thus far.
I still keep in regular contact with many of my fellow Collegians in my personal life, and have a number of both immediate and extended family members who still attend A.B. Paterson College.