Published on 10 April 2013
Final-year University of the Sunshine Coast student Wayne Airey is well on his way to success after landing a USC academic prize and a new job in the same month.
The former Gympie resident and USC Bachelor of Property Economics and Development degree student was recently recognised at USC’s Faculty of Arts and Business (FAB) awards night.
Wayne, 21, received the $500 Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast Prize for the Highest Achieving Student in New Venture Development.
The Sippy Downs resident added to this recent success by landing a job as an assistant valuer at property valuation company Herron Todd White, Sunshine Coast.
Wayne said he was thrilled with both the academic award and landing full-time work before finishing his degree.
“I’ve had some excellent role models in my life who told me to follow whatever I was most passionate about, because if you enjoy what you do, it doesn’t feel like work,” he said.
“I chose to do this at USC because my brother completed his degree at USC and I saw first-hand the benefits of studying here.”
The former James Nash State High school student, who finishes his final year of study in November, said he was excited to have the opportunity to study and work full-time.
“I feel the work I have put in to achieve well academically at USC has really contributed to preparing me for future career success,” he said.
The FAB awards ceremony was held on Tuesday 26 March and puts the spotlight on students who have achieved highly in various subjects and gives industry donors the chance to meet, and possibly recruit them.
Seventy awards, prizes, scholarships and bursaries, totalling $57,000 and including 18 new prizes were handed out at the FAB awards by more than 56 local and national companies.
— Jessica Halls