Being ‘good with numbers’ is much more than just a handy talent for Mirlinda Aliu – it’s now an exciting career path with a world of opportunities.
The Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) (Applied) student credits her father for turning her number skills into a career.
“My dad has been a big influence on me with that. I’ve got his love for numbers and his love for maths,” she said.
But it wasn’t always the way. At highschool, Mirlinda felt bamboozled by maths. It was her dad’s calming influence that helped her flip her frustration.
“I’d be doing maths problems and I’d hate it, but dad would teach me through it,” she said
“He would calm me down and I’d actually enjoy doing the questions.”
Mirlinda developed a passion for maths and wanting to do something practical with her skills, so she choose RMIT. The choice has paid off with Mirlinda enjoying everything from the tutors to the location of the city campus.
“I’m a person who actually enjoys studying, which is very rare,” she said.
“I definitely love learning something new, even if that’s just sitting down for three hours and reading notes. Learning something new is rewarding
“I love the city campus, how it’s in the middle of everything, and I’ve definitely loved working with my tutors. One especially, who really helped me with one of my subjects. She sat me down and spoke to me as if we were friends, and that she wasn’t my superior.
“It shows tutors aren’t just your teachers, they are real people too and they want you to succeed.”
The diversity of teaching methods in the Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) (Applied), particularly the Co-operative Education Program (Co-op), has made the learning journey engaging for students like Mirlinda.
The Co-op is an eight to 12 month, paid full-time work placement as part of a four-year Bachelor of Business degree. In a mutually beneficial arrangement, organisations have access to short-term employees and students experience real-world applications of their study.
“I think the creative part of my degree is the fact is we involve a lot of other people in our learning,” she says.
“We have group projects and in the Co-op year we have internships that I feel are creative because we’re learning differently, in a different world than just the classroom.”
Study can be intense, so along with many other students, Mirlinda takes advantage of the informal study spaces and students lounges found at RMIT’s city campus.
“These rooms are really important to me because they are a casual place to study,” she said.
“It’s a way to escape when you need a break with your friends before you get back into study.”
Mirlinda has ambitious plans for the future and is confident she will achieve her goals.
“What’s next for me is finishing my degree and then definitely getting into the real world, getting into work,” she said.
“My main objective is to become a CFO of a major retail company, so any work experience I can get to get to that goal is what’s next for me.”
Future focused and looking for practical, industry driven experiences, Mirlinda is looking forward to her co-op year where she’ll spend a year applying what she’s learned in the classroom and find out what it will be like once she graduates.
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