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Career Exploration Day

17 Jun 2016

Yesterday, the Year 10 students embarked on the first steps of their career journeys, with Career Exploration Day.

Speaking about their personal career journeys, the first guest was Anisha Balakrishnan who is in her third year at Monash University, studying Science and Engineering. Anisha graduated from Nossal High School in 2013 and volunteers with Engineers Without Borders, which enables her to give back to developing communities.

“Engineering is a highly rewarding profession and you can touch the lives of many with it” - Anisha.

Anisha’s ‘Tips to Succeed’

  1. Read widely
  2. Get involved with the things you’re passionate about
  3. Introspection
  4. Find people who are passionate about what they do
  5. Create a support system – know your allies
  6. It’s okay to fail
  7. Ask for help – you’re never on your own
  8. Enjoy what you do.

The second guest speaker on the day was Monique Milenkovic. Monique is a Genazzano Alumnae (py 1995) and creator and owner of The Cupcake Queen. She opened her first store in Williamstown in 2010, and in just six years has become the biggest cupcake distributor in Australia, with nine stores across Metro Melbourne. Monique is also an ambassador for the Nicholas Jac Milenkovic Foundation, in memory of her son and has raised over $25,000 in support of the Royal Children’s Hospital. She spoke to the students about her career journey, studying at Genazzano, her first full-time job and starting a family, through to starting her cupcake business. She also gave the students tips on becoming a budding entrepreneur.

“Follow your passion; just make sure it’s a viable business idea” – Monique.

After recess, the students attended sessions with visiting universities, including Deakin, La Trobe, RMIT, Swinburne, and ACU.

Before heading to lunch, the students heard from the ANZ Graduate Programs team, who presented information about their graduate programs and insight on the skills and attributes employers are looking for, once they graduate.

ANZ’s ‘Tips for Success’ for the Graduate Program

  1. Leadership activities
  2. Good grades
  3. Work experience
  4. Volunteer experience
  5. Extra-curricular
  6. Summer internship
  7. Second language
  8. Travel

The day concluded with presentations from both the University of Melbourne and Monash University.