Humans of KBS: Ben Mukics

Published 21 November 2017

From world-famous beaches to iconic structures such as the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, there are many reasons why so many international students choose to live and study in Sydney. For Benjamin, the move to Sydney from his home country of Hungary has given him the opportunity to live an active lifestyle and work towards his dream of becoming an investment banker.

Benjamin’s choice to study our Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and move halfway across the world was a challenge to be conquered.

“I have a very strong desire to travel and discover new places. Usually after 1 or 2 years I start planning my next destination as I like to move around the world.”

The Australian lifestyle has been suiting Benjamin very well. Working in the Central Business District as a bartender has given him the opportunity to gain work experience in a fast-paced and buzzing environment, while also appreciating the laid-back side of the Australian culture.

If he were to show someone his favourite aspects of the city he now calls home, Benjamin says “I would show them Sydney’s finest beaches and take them out for a night in the city. We’d start at my favourite French restaurant called Hubert that’s located near Circular Quay, and then go to all the great cocktail bars nearby along the harbour.”

While it’s important to take the time to experience what Australia has to offer if you’re an international student, Benjamin’s dedication to his studies and wellbeing take priority. “I am highly focused on my health and diet. Therefore, training and eating healthy are fundamental components of my day-to-day life. I also ensure I stay on top of my studies, so I finish my Bachelor’s degree at KBS on time next year.”

Being strongly career-driven and focused on the future are enabling Benjamin to inch closer and closer to his goal of becoming an investment banker, but his plans don’t stop there.

“I am looking forward to finishing my Bachelor’s degree and getting into the finance industry. I also want to study a Master’s to take my business knowledge to the next level. I did not know many people when I moved to Sydney to study at KBS, but so far I have achieved what I’ve been aiming for”.

Aspiring to role models such as the revolutionary inventor Elon Musk and billionaire business philanthropist Warren Buffet remind Benjamin that having goals like these are achievable for those who want them.

The beauty of studying overseas lies within the ability to develop as a person on both an educational and personal level. Ben affirms this by saying “my list would be endless if I wrote down what I’ve gained from KBS. Some of the most important things I have learnt include being better at time management, creativity, discipline and embracing new challenges”.

While educational institutions like Kaplan Business School facilitate growth and success, people like Benjamin remind us that International Students come to us already equipped with the right motivation to succeed.

Benjamin’s perseverance to excel in anything he does is paying high dividends and taking him step by step closer to becoming an investment banker.

With the job market in Australia becoming increasingly competitive for graduates, it’s never been a better time to start thinking about work placements. It’s also nice to have the support to make it happen. When you start your course at KBS, don’t forget to contact Careers Central to get your career off to the best start possible.