Vision enhances students’ leadership potential and career aspirations

09 October 2017
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From left: Miro Harre, Timothy Honey, Linda Gu

Six talented Business School students were chosen for an all-expenses-paid trip to Sydney last month, to participate in the inaugural inter-university Vision Leadership and Career Development Program. The students are: Miro Harre (Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Commerce), Timothy Honey (Bachelor of Commerce), Linda Gu (Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Laws), Matthew Canham (Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Engineering (Hons)), Akshat Chugh (Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws) and Joyeeta Bhakta (Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws). They joined around 20 other students from universities in Sydney and Canberra, and they were all lodged together in an outlying Sydney suburb – so they got to know each other quite well.

The week-long leadership and career immersion programme was designed to develop the capacity of university students and young professionals for active leadership, and to enhance their employability in the face of accelerating technological advances, globalisation and political/environmental upheaval.  

The students attended a mix of psychometric profiling, contemporary leadership and career development workshops, career and leadership development panels, dynamic experiential leadership challenges and reflective learning opportunities facilitated by trained corporate professionals.

Specifically, the programme focused on building participants’ leadership skills, self-awareness, self-confidence, ability to engage on a personal and professional level, and capacity for career development.

The programme included a four-day ‘experiential leadership residential’ on Broken Bay Island, an experience the students found “challenging but exhilarating”. There was no cellphone reception, but plenty of opportunities for face-to-face interaction. Mixed teams took on diverse challenges, from producing a talent show to running a race, from creating an innovative marketable product to participating in a case competition.

“It was a very full-on week, mentally and physically”, says Linda Gu. “But it was fantastic. The programme gave me a new perspective on leadership and teamwork, and I learned a lot about myself as well.”