A Day in the Life: Sydney University Student

A Day in the Life: Sydney University Student

August 26, 2019 25 By Stanley Isaacs


(light music) – Hi there. I’m Henry, and I’m 23, from New Zealand. I came over here to study pharmacy as my undergraduate at
the University of Sydney. After practicing for one
year, I’m now doing my Masters of Management
at the Sydney University Business School. (light music) Yeah, so, this is the quadrangle. I guess that’s Sydney
Uni’s most memorable, I guess, landmark, at the university. This is the original
university in Australia, so it’s got a really
nice kind of mixture of these massive sandstone buildings, as well as really nice,
brand new, modern buildings, which actually kind of
projects, and also represents, how society is in Australia
and how it’s always developing and upscaling as well, I guess. So, this is the Abercrombie
Business School, and it’s a pretty brand
new kind of building, built in 2016. It’s got heaps of really
cool seminar rooms, computer labs, that the
whole business faculty get to use. Yeah, it’s got basically
a lot of innovative kind of structures inside, as well, to have collaboration between
the different faculties. And all in all, I just think it’s a really, really cool place to come study. I guess growing up in New Zealand, I’m around people who are always like, wanting to go overseas. I saw Sydney, Australia as kind of the next logical choice,
in terms of opportunities, the diversity and culture, networks, meeting more people, and
just doing a different thing. The two main things that
have really helped me fit in to Sydney is firstly,
the society that they have with all the different university courses. Back in my undergrad in pharmacy, I actually was lucky
enough to be the president of the student society. Basically, I made so many friends there. I learned, you know, how to run events, I had social events, sporting stuff, and everything that little
helps you kind of fit in and make friends for the future, as well as network, as well. As I said before, I have an
undergraduate in pharmacy, and I practiced for a year,
but I realized, I guess, I wanted to do something
a little bit different. I wanted to learn skills that pharmacists don’t normally have, and I came across the Masters of Management. So the course itself is only one year, and it gives you a really good overview into stuff like finance,
accounting, strategy, project management, and
it has a couple of really, I guess, extraordinary different
kind of courses as well, such as Business in China. So, I’m heading over to China next week for a 12 day immersive
course, where we study with a couple of Unis over there, as well as lots of side
visits to different companies to really learn about how
business is done in China and basically, the cultural differences and how we can adapt our
own experiences there in the future. As a registered pharmacist,
a lot of people are like, you know, “This is it.” And that’s what I kind of saw coming. You know, I really enjoy the profession. I really like being able to help people and visually see it. However, doing this course,
it’s actually allowed me to branch out and learn different skills and then work with different firms that I definitely
wouldn’t have done before. It teaches you a lot. So you get to basically network with a lot of service firms,
that’s your Deloitte, your PWC, some of the banks, so, NAB, National Australia
Bank, Commonwealth Bank, or consulting firms,
that’s your McKinseys, and stuff like that. And I’ve actually been lucky enough to get a job at National Australia Bank. I’m starting in February. I mean, another really
cool part of this course and the MBA course is that you get to use the state of the art facility, smack bang in the middle of the CBD,
next to really, really big buildings, and essentially, it kind of gives you a bit of a vibe and
puts you in a new environment, where you wanna, kind of achieve, ’cause you’re smack bang here and there’s no other way to do it. So, it’s such an immersive course, it’s such a personal course that I guess it does really help you
build core strengths and competencies and also put you in touch with a lot of these companies. You know, I guess, it’s
also for a pharmacist, it’s quite a big change, but
I think it’s a really nice one year, intensive… really, I guess as a well-rounded course,
you get lots of good advice. Basically, you’ll wanna get
employed after this course, and they’ve really helped
me, helped me achieve that. (energetic music) So, this is the number one
Oval at Sydney University. I guess a big part of university is the extra-curriculars,
and I think in Australia, there’s a really strong culture of sports. It builds camaraderie, and
it’s just a lot of fun. So, and at Sydney, I played
three years of soccer for the team through my undergraduate. And also, especially in rugby, Sydney and Australia in
general have a very big culture in it, and the
Sydney University team is actually top in New
South Wales at the moment. All right, so this is Wesley College, and this is a residential college at the University of Sydney. I actually spent three
really good years here. And basically, it’s a place where, if you don’t come from Sydney, or even if you come from Sydney,
you can live on campus and everything is fully catered. There’s lot of clubs and societies that you can join, as well. And it’s basically a really cool place to meet people and make
friends that you have for life. And in fact, I moved out
with three of my best friends from that stage, from Wesley. So, Wesley also has
lots of, kind of, rooms, set out around different
parts of the campus. Essentially, it’s here
to facilitate students in any tutorials they might have. So, I tutor here, as well. I tutor pharmacology and physiology here. So, students here get free tutorials to make sure they get one
step ahead of the game, I guess, academically. Also rooms like this are used
for any sort of meetings, societies and clubs that might happen, or even network events. So, Wesley has a mentoring program that pairs students up with people who’ve already graduated
from here, or alumni who have, I guess,
excelled in their own field just to, again, help out. Yep, so on the side, while I study, I still practice as a pharmacist
one or two days a week. Up here is basically where I work. And yeah, I have a lot of
regular patients that come in. And I guess, even though
I’m studying business, I still really, really enjoy
the healthcare side of my life. Especially my favorite part
of practicing as a pharmacist is seeing those regular patients and really getting a sense
that you can help them. I guess, in Australia,
pharmacy is a cornerstone of any community, and
regardless of where I go in the future, I will always
have a bit of a soft spot for healthcare, and always,
hopefully with any business, come back and be able to
help in that industry. I guess the biggest tip I have for people who want to come
to Sydney and do this course is that you should always be
looking to seek opportunities. You know, with me as a pharmacist, a lot of people keyholed
me into the healthcare kind of sector in the industry, but through this course,
basically you’ll learn to branch out and learn
all these different skills. And it puts me in touch
with all these people with different backgrounds
to me, you know. Encourages collaboration. And now, six months in, you know, I’ve got a job lined up at a bank, I’ve looked at starting my own startups. I’ve just basically opened
up my mind a little bit, and I guess just a really strong tip is, your undergraduate is
really, really important, and if you have a good job
that you enjoy from it, awesome, but if you ever do want change, you wanna just upskill,
do something different, I really recommend this kind of one year, just really quick, immersive course. Especially ’cause it puts you
in touch with these people and all these connections
that you can’t really find otherwise. (energetic music) If you enjoyed this
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