Seven students go on a trip of a lifetime and network with influential Monash alumni in London
Earlier this month, seven Monash University students touched down in London to take part in the inaugural Global Discovery Program UK – a unique opportunity to meet with prominent graduates who went from studying at Monash to become leaders in their field.
Three of the global scholars are currently studying a degree within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. They spent an action-packed week engaging with influential alumni and getting exclusive access to organisations like BT (British Telecommunications), ThoughtWorks, Savoo, ColdPress, Mercers and Lloyds Bank.
Catherine Brown (Bachelor of Psychology with Honours) applied for the program to “gain a unique insight into how Monash alumni have become influential change-makers and leaders in their field of expertise.” She was also interested in finding out more about the challenges they have faced and the passion that drives them. When asked about any highlights Catherine said: “It was the diversity among the Global Leaders and fellow Global Scholars that facilitated such an inspiring and intellectually stimulating program. Each individual had different ways of asking and answering questions, with varying knowledge in vast areas of interest.”
There were many reasons why Master of Social Work (Qualifying) student Siobhan Hardiman decided she wanted to be among the select few to make the trip to London. Passionate about social work and gender equity, Siobhan was particularly keen to learn about strategies and innovations that large scale organisations can use to support gender parity. “Meeting Dr Siobhan Martin and her colleagues has had a particular impact on my planning and future motivation”, she said. Dr Martin is the Executive Director of HR for Mercer UK and a champion for women's rights in her profession and community.
Back in Melbourne, Siobhan doesn’t think she can yet fully comprehend the significant impact this experience will have on her future. “The Global Discovery Program has definitely been essential in helping me to crystallise some ideas and goals. I now have a far stronger understanding about how to implement and enact change.”
Evelyn Konstantopoulos (MBBS) was particularly inspired by how accepting and inclusive the businesses the group visited are. “Their care for their employees as well as the openness and support for LGBTQI issues was exceptional. I observed that this is what makes each member of their team work to the best of their ability which culminates in the highest productive capacity for the firm and the best customer service.”
When asked what advice she has for students who consider applying for the Global Discovery Program in future Evelyn says: “Go for it! There is everything to gain and nothing to lose.”
To find out more about the Global Discovery Program please visit http://www.monash.edu/students/notices/global-discovery