When Sinead Naughton moved from Dublin to Australia she was looking to break away from her job in hairdressing. She shares her experience returning to studying and forging a new career path.
I wanted to explore the world and make a life for myself.
I was 22 and this was the first time that I had lived out of home. I wanted to experience what it was like to be on my own and independent in a new country.
I heard about RMIT through word of mouth.
I was working in a hairdressing salon in Melbourne and a colleague, who was also working at RMIT, introduced me to the possibility of studying there.
After seeing what RMIT had to offer it was the only choice for me. The campus is centrally located, the building is amazing and, most importantly, I was given the opportunity to integrate back into study with additional support and guidance.
Nine years after finishing school, the Associate Degree in Business provided a great pathway to integrate back into study.
The classes were small which offered an interactive learning environment. After finishing the program I decided I wanted to continue my studies and complete a business degree.
The Bachelor of Business (International Business) was an obvious choice as I had recently moved from Dublin to Australia and my appetite for international learning and understanding of different cultures had increased. The global landscape was changing and I felt that studying international business would help prepare me for a world of work without borders.
I failed the first essay I had to write.
I approached my lecturer and explained my situation. She allowed me to rewrite the assignment, which I passed. While it was great to achieve the pass, my learnings were more around asking for help sooner and not waiting for things to be perfect before seeking feedback. It taught me to tap into the resources that are available to me and stop trying to do it all myself.
Asking for help is not a negative reflection on your personality.
Enjoy your days as a student. Full-time work and a career will come but for now stay present and become the best person you can be at university without putting so much pressure on yourself.
I now work as a Talent Development and Leadership Professional at Siemens.
I started at Siemens as a graduate on a one-year fixed term contract. I only stayed in that role for eight months before moving into an HR Operators role and then transferring to a permanent contract. In short, I have now worked at Siemens for three years and had the opportunity to take on three different roles in that time.
I am also fortunate enough to currently be doing a six month international placement in Germany. I am working within our Siemens Leadership Excellence team which is an area of HR that focuses on our current and future leaders. We offer intensive programs for leadership while also offering strategic interaction for leaders and their teams in areas of change management and organisational development.
Story: Kate Jones