I am from Adelaide, South Australia. Adelaide is a small city in Australia and is renowned as: ‘The Festival City’ for the many festivals and events that are held there and ‘The City of Churches’ for the large array of old, new and in between churches to celebrate the multicultural society. I am 25 and have just spent 6.5 weeks backpacking throughout Europe and the UK. My highlight was visiting Reykjavik, Iceland which allowed me the chance to ride a five gaited Icelandic purebred horse (also my first time on a horse), climb ice glaciers and experience one of the most spectacular places on earth.
I have completed a double business degree of a Bachelor of Management Marketing and a Bachelor of Tourism and Event Management. In my 3.5 year Gap year between High School and University, I worked as Wedding Coordinator at a country club, this gave me a keen interest in the events industry which I studied externally whilst working full time. Once this was completed, I wanted to take my studies further so I enrolled in University. Part way through my degree, I decided to add a Marketing degree onto my original Tourism and Events degree which has got me to my current position of following a marketing career path.
For my Gi2C placement, I am interning at an international company (originally started in Germany) that helps Chinese entrepreneurs invest in property internationally. They also help with other aspects like visa requirements, registering companies overseas and hosting business trips Currently, I am working on a presentation to give to Chinese investors about the benefits of investing in Australian real estate. This involves in researching the Australian market, legal requirements and challenges of entering into the market as well as collaborating with two other interns at the same company.
During this internship, I would like to gain experience in the marketing sector. I am unsure of what marketing path I wish to take in my career so this is a great learning curve to see what I am interested in. In Australia, internships are very hard to come by and are often a double-edged sword. In order to receive an internship you need to have experience but to gain experience you need to have an internship.
My family was quite shocked to hear that I was coming to China but knew that it was something I would do well at. I really don’t miss much other than knowing where all my local shops are and understanding what things are worth, still not home sick yet!