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CQUni’s ‘spirited support’ for students is good enough to bottle

CQUni’s ‘spirited support’ for students is good enough to bottle

Published:11 August 2017

TOP: L-R Billy Stack, Jessica O’Connell, Professor Lee Di Milia and Samuel Rippon. MID and BELOW: With their Bundy Rum shirts.

Youth employment is a key issue so CQUni academics pride themselves on ensuring students have the best opportunities to integrate with the world of work.

Bundaberg-based Associate Lecturer Tim Whan is a shining example, having been instrumental in ensuring part-time work at the Bundaberg Rum Distillery for three of his students from the fields of Business and Accounting.

They are Business student Jessica O’Connell, Accounting student Samuel Rippon and Business/Accounting student Billy Stack. All three have roles as tour guides and support staff.

Dean of the School of Business and Law, Professor Lee Di Milia says a part-time position with local employers can help enliven the learning experience of students, while providing a supportive income while they are studying.

“We like to promote our students in the School and provide them with opportunities to secure these positions and we have had great success in Bundaberg doing just this,” Professor Di Milia says.

Double degree student Mr Stack says he’s been given an incredible opportunity, allowing him to continue his studies while gaining hands-on experience in the world of business.

“All this has happened within my first term at CQUniversity due to the networking opportunities that the Business School set up for me,” Mr Stack says.

“Being welcomed into the great team at Bundaberg Rum has been a great way to start my first term at CQUniversity and I cannot wait to see what opportunities are to come in the future.”

Ms O’Connell says that joining Bundaberg Rum was not only providing valuable new skills and opportunities but also a fun and exciting environment.

“CQUniversity provides amazing support for students to achieve not only excellent grades, but also key networking skills and opportunities to join the workforce, as well as establish a career,” she says.

Mr Rippon says CQUni was an excellent institution which was helping many people to achieve their dreams. “I personally love working at Bundaberg Rum Distillery; to be part of such an iconic brand in Australia and to work with an amazing team is my dream come true."

Mr Whan says prospective students can come along to the CQUniversity Bundaberg Open Day from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday 12 August to find out more about study pathways and career opportunities.