RMIT’s industry-focused study and real-world network connections are helping Antai Su move up in the property world.
At just 18, Antai moved from China to Australia to follow his high-school dream of studying multimedia and becoming a film director.
But after landing a job that sparked an interest in the property industry, he realised his new career goals needed the solid foundation that comes from further study. “[I knew that] if I wanted to have a career in the property industry, then I needed to have a related knowledge background.”
When choosing where to study his Master of Property, Antai compared RMIT with another university. “I just figured that [the other] university is too academic. They focus a lot on the theory rather than real-life experiences.”
Studying at RMIT gave Antai the chance to network with academics and industry guests.
“I still remember when we did this course, the course coordinator invited real-life professionals from M3 Property Group. They gave us lectures about what it’s going to be like in real life, how to deal with this kind of thing, how to deal with that kind of thing. That’s what I love most about RMIT: you get to learn real stuff, other than theory.”
Living in Melbourne was Antai’s first time living away from his parents. He uprooted his life but gained invaluable experience as an independent thinker – and fell in love with Melbourne’s architecture. “In China, there are apartments everywhere. But you don’t get to see many historical buildings. Flinders Street Station is definitely number one on my list.”
The friends Antai made at RMIT are another highlight of his life in Melbourne: “We would do group projects together, we hang around together, and we’re still in touch, even after we’ve graduated already.” Coffee, too, kept him going in his evening lectures, and he has a firm favourite at Melbourne City campus: “The best place to grab a coffee is a shop called Little Bang. They have the most amazing latte at RMIT.”
Antai applies the skills and knowledge he learnt in his masters to all aspects of his real-world job as an estate manager: “I’ve got to do sales, I got into project management, I had to do customer relations. All the residents who live in my state, I’m their point of contact. Whenever they have any issue related to their home or to the project, they contact me.”
His next move puts him on track to meet a goal he’s held close for years: making the move from project management to property development. “Since I started working in this industry, I always wanted to be a property developer.” And with the knowledge and networks he gained from his masters, he’s able to stand out from the crowd. “If I didn’t do this course at RMIT, I wouldn’t be able to get the opportunity.”
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