Studying entrepreneurship is helping Hannah Millar to explore her creativity and fulfil her desire to make the world a better place.
As a creative spirit who always has a new project on the go, the Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship) seemed like the perfect choice for Hannah. She shares her story.
Tell us a bit about your background…
I am currently a children’s yoga instructor while working on a podcast series, a debut album and several other small projects. I have management experience in both the retail and hospitality industries. I have also played several instruments in different bands and toured Australia and am a singer and music producer.
I don’t like being restricted to one job or career – I enjoy gaining skills and learning from passionate people and so I have put myself in many new situations in order to acquire knowledge.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
I aspire to always be working in areas that promote well-being, sustainability and mindfulness.
I would like to see my passion for music, performance, creativity, children, mindfulness and personal development come together. I also see myself as a student for life and hope to learn from as many mentors as possible in all kinds of fields.
In the immediate future I would like to get my podcast off the ground and get funded for my social media site and affirmations business.
In the longer term I would like to own a wellness retreat where all of my interests come together and where I can provide experiences to assist people in becoming the best version of themselves. I am excited to see what happens!
What have you enjoyed most about being at RMIT?
I have thoroughly enjoyed learning from my lecturers and tutors. There is a real buzz amongst the entrepreneurship students and staff and you feel as though you are part of something new and exciting.
I specifically enjoy the practical aspects of the program and the step-by- step application of course content, particularly around Design Thinking. So much of what you learn is valuable and I think the entire program is really empowering.
If you could talk to your ‘past study self’ what advice would you give?
I would say to myself that cultivating a capable mindset, a gratitude practice and personal development routines early on is extremely important because it will make your whole life at university and beyond much more creative and enriching.
How would you describe the program to others interested in studying entrepreneurship?
The first year is basically just an introduction to business. Although you may not think all the content is relevant, it does build a really strong foundation for what you learn in the following years.
You will then get to experience two years of exciting, leading edge conversation, practical creativity, forward gazing, dreaming big, passionate leadership, and really good tools to go in your modern management tool belt. You will learn to create value for others and to be whatever you want, really!
What are your top three tips for budding entrepreneurs?
- I can't emphasise enough the value of side by side study and work. Having creative ventures that I'm working on while I study has been a great way to apply new skills and experiment with what works and why. If you’re not passionate about the project in class, apply the tool to something you are passionate about outside of class.
- Take time to daydream and be creative. You have to practice creativity as an entrepreneur so that you're coming up with ideas. Most of them won’t be viable enterprises but you need to cultivate a practice of being creative in all areas of your life.
- Develop a passion for personal development. Develop a passion for becoming a better person in all aspects of your life. Be passionate about having good thoughts, about listening, growing and learning. Passion and application in concert is so important, creativity must be followed by action!