Business Week in Wilderness School

The business week started Tuesday night, 7 June, with 4 female entrepreneurs in different industries sharing their journeys of starting their own businesses. These women were raised in completely different backgrounds yet all aspired to do the same thing: to create something on their own. Some of them grew up in Europe or the countryside, yet they all gathered in Australia, as they believe it is a land of opportunity. Each of the women highlighted that inevitably there will be setbacks and doubts during the process, but one thing was to do the thing you are passionate about. This will strengthen your ability to persist and endure, for doing business is never smooth sailing. This mindset allows entrepreneurs to succeed in their businesses and led them to now tell their own success stories and encourage the leaders of tomorrow. One other key point that concluded their speeches was that it is very important to build network. Therefore, Entrepreneur Story also attended the night to promote how they provide a community for people to build a network. To finish the night, there was post-talk teatime where students had the opportunity to talk to the guest speakers and receive encouragement from them. It was truly a very valuable experience because how often do we get the chance to interact so closely to the leaders of businesses?

Enterprising women

Business week promotion posters
Business week promotion posters

On Thursday, another three successful women came to speak to us. These women are performing highly in their respective career areas: marketing, accounting and human resource management. From this sharing session, we learnt that some people find their pathway straightaway while some may take longer to figure out their real passion. Emily Harris, the human resource manager at Bailey, was one of the fortunate ones who remained in the same industry since University. Emily was able to pursue a management position due to work experience undertaken during early stages of her study. This emphasised the importance of initiative, and also being courageous in taking on leadership roles.

Overall, both events were very inspiring and motivating. The best aspect of business week was that the talks highlighted that becoming a businesswoman is not about business theory but real life experience. It is beneficial to young people particularly to those interested in making the mark in Australian business. To quote from the gentleman who represented Entrepreneur Story at the end of the night, he said: ‘do it now, not tomorrow, not years later, do it now.’ Thank you to the Business and Career department for organising such wonderful function.

Stage 2 Business & Enterprise student

Lowell So

 

Featured image by Olu Eletu published on Unsplash 

An article for school magazine – International students

International boarders day trip to Kangaroo Island on 19th April, 2016.
International boarders day trip to Kangaroo Island on 19th April, 2016.

 

Wilderness School encompasses a rich diversity of cultures alongside an excellent learning experience. Teachers and students are respectful of different cultural backgrounds. This relationship enables our school to build a harmonious learning environment where individual confidence is treasured by the celebration of diversity and curiosity. As an International student, I aspire to share the uniqueness of my culture with people who have been raised in different cultural backgrounds. This valuable exchange of knowledge extends through and beyond our school community.

 

Being this year’s International Student representative, we have established a new committee to broaden our traditional perception towards International students and acknowledge the majority and minority cultures around the campus. To achieve this, we aim to organise activities that will foster intercultural understanding between all students, and allow an opportunity to interact with Wilderness international students. In an assembly last week, we presented visual statistics about our school’s cultural backgrounds, which was informative and interactive. We also invited international students to share videos about their home countries to the middle and senior school, which the audience greatly appreciated. Furthermore, we formally introduced the International Students committee and following this, we introduced all of our international students whose home-based is overseas. The highlight of the assembly was when we distributed treats and snacks representing different cultures to teachers and students before they were dismissed. This assembly was the first of the many activities that we have planned for 2016 leading up to International Day in Term 2.

 

The committee’s ultimate goal is to build a bridge between international and local students and make Wilderness a home away from home. Together, all students no matter what their cultural backgrounds have learned to embrace the differences of our unique individuality.

 

 

 

Lowell So

International Students Representative 2016