Published 12 January 2018
This month, the spotlight is on the wonderful Diana Tantaeva: a Student Ambassador studying at the Brisbane Campus. Originally from Uzbekistan, she’s studying a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and with a little help from Careers Central, she recently ended up in a challenging work placement with Australian Odyssey, a Migration and Education Consultancy. She brought enthusiasm and diligence to her role, and we’ve had lots of great feedback about her from her employers. We’re thrilled to see her come along by leaps and bounds. Here’s her story:
I visited Brisbane five years ago as a tourist, and I liked the city. Australia is one of the best countries for education around the world and boasts spectacular nature.
What makes KBS a unique place to study?
The environment at KBS is extraordinarily welcoming and warm. The teachers are approachable and dedicated, which makes our life as students comfortable and enjoyable. I appreciate this bond between students, lecturers and the administrative staff. I’m in my second trimester at KBS, and I am delighted I picked this institution to study at and to ultimately enhance my career prospects.
How did you get your position and what does it involve?
On campus, I’ve already attended several workshops run by Careers Central which helped me before starting my internship. These included Resume Writing and Interview Preparation Skills. Careers Central landed me my internship with Australian Odyssey. My role involves assisting with market research on immigration trends and supporting the team with administrative tasks. This is my first work experience, so I value the opportunity I’ve been given to gain industry experience.
What do you do for fun in your spare time?
I enjoy exploring new places around Brisbane in my spare time. There are so many parks, entertainment events and exhibitions I love being a part of throughout the year.
What’s your biggest career achievement so far?
Without any prior experience, I’m so proud of how well I’ve managed to do well in my current internship. As English is also my second language, I’ve seen significant improvement in my communication skills, and I continually try to seise every opportunity. Another career achievement of mine was when I successfully passed my interview at the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament 2018 and was selected as a volunteer. I am sure that this will be another invaluable work experience.
I firmly agree with the statement ‘Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.’ It always works for me. If I like a particular subject or any job I am supposed to do, I never feel tired, and the process gives me plenty of positive motivation. Therefore, especially while getting your degree, internships are great opportunities to position yourself in new and exciting spheres and find out exactly what your industry needs are.
What would be your dream job?
My goal is to apply my acquired knowledge from my KBS studies to the professional field and work for one of the big four accounting firms (Ernst & Young, Deloitte, PwC and KPMG). I want the opportunity to have career development and professional growth.
What do you think you’re good at when it comes to working?
When I become a part of any team, I immediately take ownership of the tasks assigned to me and want the whole team to succeed. Every day I try to do my best to achieve the goals I have for my projects, the team and the company. I am also a loyal and responsible person who is willing and eager to help.
Thanks so much for sharing your story with us Diana, we’re so proud of you! To everyone from the KBS team, we’re glad to have you back and to resume the rest of Trimester 3.