Published on 12 June 2012
12 June 2012
When Emma Barton of Brisbane enrolled at the University of the Sunshine Coast for a more personalised experience than a bigger city university, she didn’t realise her combined Arts/Business degree would also bring her the world.
The Clayfield resident has made the most of her USC opportunities, travelling overseas three times in four years to study, research and gain multicultural understanding.
“I’ve been to Germany, France, China and Fiji in connection with my USC studies between 2008 and this year,” Emma said.
“I’ve had incredible opportunities at uni and when they were offered, I just said ‘yes’. My study has been flexible and the real job experience has been second to none. I’m so lucky because I know you need that real world edge with employers.”
Emma’s trips have included:
- Five months studying at USC partner universities in Germany and France in 2008 with USC’s GO (Global Opportunities) program;
- Two weeks in China in 2010 as part of a student and industry research team examining markets for Australian seafood exports. Emma focused on oysters;
- Three weeks in Fiji in April 2012 where she completed a public relations internship with Sunshine Coast agency The Buzz PR, including flood relief efforts to help villagers after the floods.
Emma was also inspired to help manage the 2011 Multicultural Excellence Awards, in conjunction with the Sunshine Coast Community Cooperative, as part of her university assessment. This local event recognised the contributions of migrants to the region.
The former TAFE fashion design student and video store manager said she chose the USC degree to open up her options for people-based jobs in events, marketing and communication.
Emma said she was grateful for the financial support she has received from USC and other organisations to pursue her goals during her degree.
And she’s not about to let the completion of her final exams this month slow her down. Next week, Emma will return to Fiji to take up voluntary event marketing work for a small coastal village, which was lined up through USC connections and supported by local engineering firm Hall Contracting.
“I love events and people, putting concepts into practice, and seeing it all unfold,” she said. “I’m excited to explore these opportunities in Fiji and see what transpires”.
— Julie Schomberg