17 January 2017
A USC student from Brisbane has set herself an ambitious career goal to deliver some of the biggest rock music festivals in Australia when she graduates.
Isabella Mastrogiacomo, from Brisbane’s northern suburbs, is combining her love of rock music with a degree in Tourism, Leisure and Event Management at USC SouthBank.
The keen piano player and drummer said she believed the key to securing a job in the events industry was gaining practical experience while completing her studies.
“In my first year at USC last year, I had the opportunity to volunteer at exciting events including the Ekka, the Brisbane Hair and Beauty Expo and sporting events at Suncorp Stadium,” the 18-year-old said.
Isabella worked at the Wonders of the World Lego Exhibition in Brisbane during her semester break and plans to either volunteer or secure work at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
She also regularly assists not-for-profit organisations with fundraising and event initiatives.
“Once event organisers hear you are studying tourism and events at USC, they know you are going to be interested and passionate in what you are doing, and perform well.”
“I’m gaining great insight into the industry by experiencing what goes on behind the scenes and gaining an understanding of all the effort and elements that go into staging an event,” she said.
“My resume is getting pretty long, and this year I have set myself a target of volunteering at an event a month.”
Isabella also works for USC SouthBank as part of its Student@Work program. Each semester, USC recruits students to work casually at the campus to allow them to gain further skills and experience.
She said the convenient location of the campus in the heart of South Bank and the opportunities that USC’s tourism and events degree offered had prompted her to choose the University as her first preference.
Applications remain open via QTAC for the Bachelor of Business (Tourism, Leisure and Event Management) and other study programs at USC SouthBank. For details go to www.usc.edu.au/learn.
— Clare McKay