When Khoan-Vi Tat migrated to Melbourne to study at Victoria University (VU) in 2010, he never dreamed he’d be working at VU just a year later.
At the time, the Vietnamese-born international student was in his second year of VU’s Bachelor of Information Technology, which he entered direct from the one-year Diploma of Information Technology at VU College – VU's specialist pathway college.
He was initially employed as a student support officer, or rover, in 2011, before moving onto various positions in student admissions and enrolment for the next four years.
Currently working at VU College as an international project officer, Khoan-Vi says he never imagined his VU journey would encompass student, alumnus and staff member.
"When I left Vietnam to come to VU, I never thought I’d end up working at the University and in the education industry," the 28-year-old says.
"I didn’t think it was possible for someone with an IT background to work in education but it goes to show that anything is possible, that you can achieve your dreams."
Born in Ho Chi Minh City, Khoan-Vi completed a Bachelor of Economy, majoring in International Trade and Marketing, in his hometown in 2009.
Recognising the connection between business and IT, he decided to move to Melbourne to undertake his IT degree and "expand my knowledge and gain a new skill set in a closely-related field".
Joining his aunty and uncle who have lived in Melbourne since 1985, Khoan-Vi says it’s not hard to see why Melbourne is named the world’s most liveable city.
"It’s one of the best cities in the world because the people are so friendly and you can experience so many different cultures in one place.
"Moving to Melbourne has given me the opportunity to expand my networks, meet new people and explore new places."
Reflecting on his study journey at VU, Khoan-Vi says he is particularly grateful for VU’s personal and professional support.
"During my study at VU I got a lot of academic support from the IT teachers but I also got a lot of career development advice from VU's Careers Educators, who helped guide me on my future career options.
"My daily job requires excellent IT skills and the IT degree really helped strengthen and develop these skills."
Now in the process of applying for Australian citizenship, Khoan-Vi says he encourages prospective international students who are thinking of studying at VU to "take any opportunity that’s offered to you".
"Choosing VU was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made because I feel very supported here – both as a student and now as a staff member.
"It’s an opportunity that’s taken me to places I never thought possible."