If I told you I have had the privilege of interviewing people like Christyl Johnson, Deputy Director for Technology and Research Investments at NASA and I’m graduating my degree with two years working experience, it sounds impressive. But, you don’t get to see to triumphs, failures, burnouts and determination that got me there.
In 2020, I became the Marketing Coordinator for the UOW Digital Media Society. Through my work at the DMS, I have had to think like a Futurist to overcome the short-term barriers that might prevent the club from running in 2020-21.
There has been much frustration about the way that remote delivery of university subjects has been handled. Whether it be students who are not getting their perceived value out of their subjects, or overworked and underpaid teaching staff, everyone is exhausted. Because of this, how we learn and the methods that we have thought of as necessary to learn have come into question.
University Societies are an excellent initiative for benefiting the university outcomes for members and executives alike. However, many clubs fail to become bigger than themselves, ultimately disbanding after their passionate founding-members graduate. I am determined to make the Digital Media Society the exception.
I learnt to listen to people's words - words they use often, words they hold onto, words they just can't say. Because it is these words that reveal the intrinsic values of a person.
Even with the comfort of the HELP-scheme-blanket beneath your feet, after spending 3+ years working to earn a very expensive piece of paper, you'd hope that you end up with a high-paying job to make it worth your while.