genYOU Story No. 33 features UQ student Hamza Ansari! We loved hearing how passionate and involved Hamza is with local politics and how generationYOU has helped him along his career journey.
Name: Hamza Ansari
Current Role: Second-year Business student at The University of Queensland.
Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you are headed in your career right now?
My name is Hamza, I’m 19 and currently in my second year of studying business at the University of Queensland.
In regards to a job; at the present, I am currently looking for work and am applying for every job, utilising skills and techniques that I learnt from generationYOU (of course).
I love politics and am currently the vice president of my local party branch, as well as being a former member of the Queensland Youth Parliament. I spend a lot of time volunteering for my local member of parliament. Even more than politics, though, I absolutely love cars – as strange as it may be, they are pretty much all I think about – oh and food too!
How has or how is generationYOU helping you achieve your goals?
I was first introduced to generationYOU by a friend, after one of our uni lecturers took us to Fishburners in Brisbane in 2019. My friend who then attended the first genYOU event in 2018 recommended that I come along to the next one, and that’s where it all started.
generationYOU has helped me to achieve my goals by giving me access to great events featuring amazing speakers with a wealth of knowledge, and allowed me to network with like-minded young people. My absolute favourite aspect is #NoFilter, because it is great to see a program designed purely for young people that allows those in the know today, to pass their knowledge, experience and advice to us.
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
To be honest, I could name a whole host of people that inspire me in business, but no one comes close to my parents. without whom I would not be here. Being from an immigrant family, my parents sacrificed a great deal to give me and my younger sister the best possible opportunities.
My parents taught me the value of hard work and to always stick up for what you believe in. Being dyslexic has been one of the greatest challenges I have faced my whole life, but with my parent’s love and support, I would call it my greatest strength and what makes me who I am.
What is the one piece of advice you would love to share with your millennial peers as you reflect on your own journey?
As someone once said to me, ‘your generation needs to get more angry’, being that if you believe in something, you should stick by it no matter what and not let anyone tell you otherwise.
Just like the criticism that millennial’s face from others (i.e. saying they are lazy and don’t do anything), we need to prove them wrong with the help of programs like generationYOU.