genYOU story No. 40 comes from Camila Burato de Oliveira who isn’t afraid to push boundaries and venture into the unknown! We admire Camila for her initiative and courage! Read about Camila’s career journey so far below.
Name: Camila Burato de Oliveira
Current Role: MBA student, specialising in Project Management at Kaplan Business School
Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you are headed in your career right now?
After 15 years working in the Business Admin, Marketing and Sales industry in Brazil, I decided to move overseas aiming at advancing my career through a new degree and improvement of my second language skills. I have now been living in Australia for about 3 years, I am currently an MBA student, specialising in Project Management at Kaplan Business School – Brisbane Campus.
I am passionate about management and leadership and this course is helping me to develop valuable practical skills to become a successful leader.
In my free time, I look for fun, adventure and good memories, visiting cities, beaches mountains and waterfalls around Brisbane, experimenting with the amazing local food and cafes. I have become addicted to Australian coffee – it is awesome!
My career goals are to pursue a business management position as soon as I finish my course, work in a dynamic and ever-changing environment and expand my professional network.
I know as an international student, it is not easy, but challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful (Joshua J. Marine, 2019). I endeavour to achieve that, and have started to attend many seminars and business events to meet people, doing an internship in a recruitment company and building a professional network.
Last month I was invited by the Kaplan Career Counsellor (Ms Frida Percival) to talk to the new students about the importance of attending events, building networks, working in an internship, volunteering etc. I was very happy to talk to them about my experiences and hope I could inspire them to try and get the best from their course.
“There is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time” (Desmond Tutu, 2019).
How has or how is generationYOU helping you achieve your goals?
I became aware of generationYOU through my Career Counsellor at Kaplan Business School. There is a program at the Uni where they help the students to kickstart in their career and attending events is one way to get there. I have attended many generationYOU events this year. They are fantastic, it’s a great place to connect to people with similar interests and exchange experiences, in addition, to hear from the outstanding guest speakers who share their knowledge and experiences to inspire us.
The event that I liked the most was the genYOU Inspire event – “Building an outstanding personal brand” last July. It is a shining example in my eyes. I have learned about how to recognise my strengths and use them as a tool to boost my personal brand.
I strongly recommend all students to attend generationYOU events and visit their website, you will find heaps of meaningful resources!
Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My parents are my inspiration. I am very proud of them, how they worked hard to raise my sibling and I, they have had great courage and dedication to do it.
I don’t have my Dad here anymore, and my Mum is more than 15 000 km far way, but I am still feeling their energy motivating me every day. I believe I became a strong and conscious person, and they are the reason for that.
What is the one piece of advice you would love to share with your peers as you reflect on your own journey?
1 // Know yourself. Be aware about your strengths and weaknesses and work on them! Update your resume and LinkedIn, organise your thoughts.
2 // Explore the possibilities. Be part of the career events, workshops, seminars, meet new people, building networks is very important.
3 // Plan a way forward. Organise your study plan incorporating work experience and academic internships to get experience during your course (it helps to get future jobs). Apply for jobs, internships, volunteers in your field – don’t be afraid to try lots of different things. One friend told me once, don’t think you are not ready yet to apply to a new job, let them know you and see how good you are!
4 // Make it happen. Start your career early! Don’t wait until your last trimester. I am doing it for myself and I guess it is working, since I am here telling you my story. Believe in yourself and do it!