Anthea – Semester Abroad in UK

Anthea Moisi is one of our Arts Global Scholars, a scholarship program available for Bachelor of Global Studies students. Anthea went on exchange to the UK in Semester 1 2017 and shares her views on how her career goals have developed because of her overseas study experience. 

My career goals have always been a competition between my two greatest passions, Genetics and International Relations; my majors in my double degree. I envisioned exchange to be the biggest asset in helping me to define my career goals.

I took science subjects at the University of Warwick, thinking that if I loved a whole semester of only science, I could easily focus my career on that part of my degree. In reality, my experience overseas did not clarify my competing interests. I am now aware of further opportunities overseas, and the endless options are overwhelming.

Exchange helped me realise that I am fascinated by our internationalised world and I crave a career that helps develop the interconnectedness between people. I love that I lived with Brits (both Northerners and Southerners; never lump them all in together or they won’t be happy); but also with students from Russia, Spain, India and China. I began to understand the complexity of the U.K’s relationship with Europe. The Brits thought Brexit would keep them safe from globalisation, but as I discovered the ball was rolling so fast down the hill that the momentum was just too fast to stop. No one particular person helped me reached these conclusions but rather a mixture of people from my seven months overseas led me to understand what career style I aspired to.

While exploring the beautiful Amalfi coastline, I met an Italian man named Gennaro, who was our boat driver for the day. As I looked around at the beaches, perfect weather and stunning cliffs, I asked Gennaro how he could call this work. He responded by saying ‘this is not work, this job involves me looking at the most beautiful place in the world all day, you tell me if that’s work?’. Gennaro taught me that you must love what you do, because you spend most of your life doing it. This lesson reinforced that I should take the time to decide what career I want for myself (I’m now thinking a boat driver in a beautiful part of the world….).

I’m currently unresolved about whether Genetics or International Relations should be the basis for my career, perhaps I won’t even know when I graduate. However, I did learn that my dream career would be one that nurtures people’s similarities and celebrates their differences. Despite my career goals becoming more muddled than ever, I am confident my experience overseas helped me paint my career in the global world we live in and understand that a job is only a job if you choose the wrong one.