Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (Japan)
Diploma in Engineering Practice.
Why did you decide to study Engineering at UTS?
Two reasons. Firstly, UTS is the only university which allows you to combine any degree with the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, allowing you to complete a year of in-country study. Secondly, UTS is the only university I found that offers a Diploma in Engineering Practice program, allowing students to gain substantial industry experience before graduation.
Where in the world are you currently?
I’m currently studying at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan as part of the International Studies component of my double degree. I’m studying the Japanese language and culture which is so interesting. I have also been the Japan Correspondent for Radio 2ser (107.3 FM), a radio station run by UTS and Macquarie Uni students.
The whole process of moving to Japan for a year has been so easy. The International Exchange staff at UTS liaised with the Kyushu Institute of Technology and arranged the airfares as well as the supervising professor.
Tell us about your internship experiences.
I have completed four internships so far working in the IT, finance, defence and packaging industries and though they’ve been varied roles, I’ve needed my ICT skills for each. I have worked as a Search Engine Optimisation Executive for e-Web, Business Analyst for St George bank, a dataset developer for Defence Science and Technology Organisation and finally I worked in Japan for a few weeks to learn about the business etiquette, structure and procedures in Japanese companies.
The variety of internships provided me with a good platform to choose the career path I would like to follow in the future.