How returning to study opened my eyes and the doors to the my career: Bachelor of Business Marketing (Applied) student Levi Sepuesca shares his study journey.
Going back to school was an easy decision for Levi. As a passionate learner with a curious streak he knew he wanted to take the next step in developing his skills to prepare him for a career in the marketing industry.
I come from a hospitability background…
I love talking to people, networking and being outdoors so working in marketing seemed like a perfect fit. I decided to come back to study as a mature age student because I wanted to pursue a career in marketing.
I chose the Certificate IV in Marketing^ to get a taste of what student life would be like, as it had been a while. The program appealed to me because it only took six months to complete and RMIT’s CBD location really stood out as a positive for me.
Speaking of networking…
While studying at RMIT, I would go to the gym during my breaks and through meeting people I managed to score a reverse marketing job. It was a little different from what you would know as marketing; the customer seeking the organisation rather than the other way around.
It involved scouting workplaces that were suitable to place people with disability into the workforce. I’m very passionate about helping people and working in this sector really opened my eyes. I could definitely see myself working in this industry in the future.
Back to RMIT…
I really enjoyed the work experience; it was a great learning curve but after six months in the role I decided to come back and do further study.
I applied and was accepted into the Advanced Diploma of Marketing^. I was doing really well and was able to transfer into the Bachelor of Business Marketing (Applied). Studying the vocational education program first definitely helped me transition back to uni life and the amount of practical activities really helped me.
I worked on some great projects…
Through my marketing subjects, I’ve been able to work on so many interesting projects - real projects! We had to analyse and implement a global marketing strategy for a biotechnology company. It was very hands on; we had to do everything from in-depth research, to developing strategy all the way to execution.
Studying the degree was slightly different. It’s so focussed on self-management, you’re expected to do things on your own and manage your time and schedule. It was a very different experience for me but it made me reach out and connect with other students and explore. By chance I learnt about some of the great programs and extracurricular activities which were available for students.
So many opportunities…
Through Jobs on Campus, I was able to find a part-time job and work at RMIT Connect where I help students with administration support. I also found out about the Business Ambassador program, which is great as I get to build on my communication and leadership skills.
Because of the Ambassador program, I will get to go to Vietnam at the end of the year and learn about student life over there. I will work with student ambassadors studying at the Vietnam campus and take back any learning and apply it to the Melbourne campus student community.
Curiosity is key…
I was lucky I did lots of volunteering gigs because I wanted to give back to new students. I learnt about various initiatives which lead me to other opportunities such as the Ambassador program. I would encourage students to get involved with these initiatives because it leads to many other opportunities.
There’s lots of work which can be stressful but you need to enjoy your time here as well.
^ Programs replaced by Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication and Advanced Diploma of Marketing and Communication.
Story: Rita Truong