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?
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