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Local leaders inspire students at CQUni business forum

Published:01 August 2018

TOP: Mackay Northern Beaches State High School students: Freya Richards, Elaine Bennett, Ruby Robinson, Alexandra Crichton and Skye Kendrick at CQUni Mackay’s Meet the Business Leaders forum. MIDDLE: CQUni student Cody Vella, Deputy Mayor Cr Amanda Camm, Jade McAuley (Rebel Marketing), Brendan Hughes (Enlightened Financial Planning), Robyn Collins (School of Business and Law), Dr Rochelle Macdonald (NQBP) and Maree Franettovich (School of Business and Law) at Meet the Business Leaders. BELOW: Robyn Collins (left) and Maree Franettovich (right) from the School of Business and Law with Holy Spirit students Laura Emmat, Brady Delahunty, Shelby Finucan, and Teacher Anton Mayer-Miller at CQUni’s Meet the Business Leaders forum.

More than 100 Mackay region high school students gathered at CQUniversity’s Meet the Business Leaders forum where local business identities shared their career stories.

Hosted in Mackay by CQUniversity's School of Business and Law, the event featured an expert panel of presenters who highlighted how building relationships and education creates many opportunities and is an enabler for career success.

Guest presenters included Deputy Mayor Cr Amanda Camm, Rebel Marketing owner Jade McAuley, Enlightened Financial Planning Financial Advisor Brendan Hughes, CQUniversity student Cody Vella, and NQBP General Manager Engineering and Development Dr Rochelle Macdonald.

In her presentation, Ms McAuley advised students to “be genuine and sincere about your interests, value and ambitions”.

“Put time and thought into building relationships with business associates; the wider your network – the more you can create opportunities and connections for not only yourself but others,” she said.

“Engaging a mentor will help you better understand who you are, what your strengths are, how your perceived weaknesses could be leveraged as strengths and help you realise and achieve what you want in life.”

Holy Spirit College Dean of Digital Technologies and Business Anton Mayer-Miller said CQUniversity’s Meet the Business Leaders forum provided an ideal opportunity for students to start considering their future career prospects.

“Our students have attended the forum for the past few years, gaining valuable insight into possible career pathways by listening to Mackay’s business leaders share their inspirational stories,” he said.

“Thank you to CQUni for facilitating this experience and supporting our region’s next generation of business leaders.”

Robyn Collins from the School of Business and Law said CQUni was proud to once again deliver this important annual event.

“Each year we aim to inspire our region’s young people by presenting them with many career possibilities available and demonstrating the value of education by reflecting how it enriches career development,” she said.

“Listening to real-life stories of successful business people and learning the different journeys they have taken to achieve career success is very motivational.

“CQUniversity values its many partners who are supporting past, current and future students in their career journeys.”