JCU graduates have come together with their family and friends to celebrate over two big days. Graduations were held in Townsville on Wednesday 27 March and Thursday 28 March. Graduates reflected on their time at JCU and what the future might hold.
Michael celebrated his graduation with his son, Eric, and friends, Florence and Hoko. Michael was a lawyer in Papua New Guinea, but decided to take a different path at university. He graduates with a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Conflict Management and Resolution.
"I decided to study the MBA and MCMR as I want to go into alternative dispute resolution," Michael said. "I’m interested in family disputes and workplace conflict. I want to be able to help people to restore relationships instead of going through the courts, spending a lot of money and separating. It’s a win-win situation.”
Mitchell and Emily celebrated graduating from the Bachelor of Law program. Mitchell would like to go into contract law and the family business. Emily decided to do something different from her family; her sister and mum are psychologists.
"I’d really like to get into policy and foreign relations," Emily said. "I really liked the legislation part of the degree. I’m looking to apply for a graduate intake role and, eventually, I’m keen to do a Masters in Policy."
The Papale family had plenty of reason to celebrate with siblings, Gina and Lawrence graduating from JCU. Gina completed a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting and Financial Management, while Lawrence graduated with a joint degree, a Bachelor of Engineering, majoring in Electrical Engineering, and a Bachelor of Information Technology.
"My aunty is an accountant and I also did work experience in high school, which is what got me interested," Gina said. "I’m currently working at Crowe Horwath and I’m studying to be a CA – Certified Accountant."
Five years of studying has inspired Lawrence to learn even more about his fields of interest. “I’m currently doing my PhD," he said. "One day, I’d love to be a lecturer or researcher. My thesis is on graphene-based capacitors. I’m really interested in building cool capacitors.”
Studying has also increased opportunities for Rebecca. She graduated from a Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Business. She has gone on to start studying a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing and Management. "The Diploma has given me more opportunities than I’ve ever had before," she said. "I really want to own my own fashion company."
Little could Samuel know that a passion for maths would lead to living in Austria for six months. The Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Business graduate is confident that his studies have given him a solid foundation to take part in the global workforce.
"I really liked maths in high school and didn’t want to do engineering," Samuel said. "I decided on Economics as I’m interested in the stock market. The best part of my degree was when I got to do an exchange in Austria for six months. I learnt that what I learn at JCU is global – what I am learning here is the same as what they learn overseas. It made me feel really good about what I am learning. I now have a job with Goldman Sachs Investment Bank in Sydney. I’ve been there for one and a half months and I love it. I want to run my own investment firm maybe – I’m not quite sure yet what the end goal is."
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