Avondale is taking care of Business

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Students benefit from small class sizes and personal guidance from Lecturers – hear it directly from a Business graduate

When I first considered going to uni, I didn’t know what career would suit me. I knew I wanted a degree though. After speaking to a member of the admissions team at Avondale, my path became clear. A degree in Business with a major in Marketing was the best option and there was no looking back. I loved every minute.

One of the unique aspects of studying Business at Avondale is how easy it is to communicate with the lecturers, this is thanks to the smaller class sizes. Throughout my degree, I was able to have several detailed conversations with each of my lecturers where they offered me some of the most valuable pieces of advice I’ve ever received.

The best lesson I learned was that you never really know how great something can be until you’ve given it a big fat go.

Having smaller class sizes also allowed lecturers to be flexible. It provided a better platform for discussion and certain classes were tailored to provide the best learning experience for students. It’s fair to say, that the majority of us are not huge fans of long lectures, but unfortunately, we can’t avoid them. However, many of my classes were largely discussion based. Having class discussions with my lecturers and fellow students helped me learn how to think for myself by forming an opinion based on my own investigation, be self-assured in my opinions while being respectful of others and how to present confidently. I realised that our class discussions tended to replicate business meetings more-so than not, and I was learning theory in a practical way. I also learned how business affects the world and vice versa through studying real-world examples.

During my first few semesters, I faced several challenges. As my last business class was in Year 10, I think it maybe had a little bit to do with a lack of motivation (okay, maybe a lot). Yet here we are, after 4 years of study I graduated in 2017 with a double major in Marketing and Accounting. Studying was challenging yet incredibly rewarding, too. I learned many lessons that have not only helped me become more confident in my knowledge and skills, but also made me realise that business was the right choice for me.

What changed? I can honestly say that if it hadn’t been for the guidance of my lecturers, I probably would have switched to a different course or dropped out of studying altogether. The guidance I received from my lecturers and the unique learning experience at Avondale helped me develop a strong passion for a career in business, which came to fruition when I started and completed an internship and witnessed business theories and principles being utilised in real life. I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else, anywhere else.

On top of getting an education, I made many close friends that I’ll have for life. I’m blessed with a lifetime of memories that I will absolutely never regret, and thankful to have had the opportunity to learn and grow in the community that is Avondale.

– Neil Bayeta, Avondale Business School graduate

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