Dominic tastes leadership, has the world at his feet at the age of 18

Published:02 August 2019

CQUni Bachelor of Business student Dominic McCarthy is the domestic student representative on the Queensland International Student Advisory Panel with Study Queensland. Dance PHOTO by KR Photography. Headshot PHOTO by Study Queensland.

CQUniversity Business student Dominic McCarthy has made the most of this millenium - which is lucky because he was not even born during the last one.

It's also fortunate that he is an experienced ballet dancer because he has needed to be on his toes to keep up with an impressive range of extracurricular roles, alongside his studies.

One of these high profile roles is as the domestic student representative on the Queensland International Student Advisory Panel (QISAP) with Study Queensland.

Dominic is also a member of the Queensland Youth Advisory Council with the Queensland Family and Child Commission, as well as serving on the Queensland Youth Engagement Panel with the Department for Child Safety, Youth and Women.

He's also studying a Certificate IV in Dance Teaching and Management with the Australian College of Dance, continuing his 12-year journey as a ballet dancer.

Dominic even finds time to study French and volunteers as a student mentor at CQUniversity.

He recently returned from Vietnam where he completed an Unbound United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Study Tour.

The busy student also managed to fit in a role as keynote speaker at the James Cook University Young Language Ambassadors Conference.

Dominic is still buzzing about representing the Queensland International Student Advisory Panel at the International Education and Training Summit in Brisbane.

"My highlights were hearing from the insightful speakers on the future of the international education sector, including CQU's Vice-Chancellor, Nick Klomp," he says.

"The event also provided numerous networking opportunities, which was also invaluable.

"As part of QISAP, we work to plan, facilitate and run the International Student Leadership Forum in August. It is our flagship event for the year and I will assist with the organisation and running of the day."

Dominic will be the Lead Event Manager for the Pre-Forum event for the ISLF (the night before the event). During the ISLF, he will assist in his role as a QISAP member to help the students feel welcome, including networking and facilitating workshops during breakout sessions.

"After the conference is finished, we will head to Queensland Parliament to meet with our state politicians, providing a chance for our international student cohort to engage with our government," Dominic says.

Dominic speaks highly of the flexibility and portability that has enabled his varied journey with CQUniversity, including starting out with the Start University Now (SUN) program while still at high school.

He has also managed to continue his studies while living in both Brisbane and Mackay. Dominic is based in Brisbane until September and then will relocate back to Mackay.

"I believe regional cities have lot on offer and can be a place of rewarding learning and community involvement," he says.

CQUniversity has nominated Dominic for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship and he hopes to study and intern in New Caledonia next year.

"After graduating, I hope to gain employment in the government sector, within international relations and development," he says.

"As I also study French, I am particularly interested in working across these cultures and nations."