For seven years Marjie Saunders was a dedicated chef, but she felt drawn towards a career change. Marjie chose VU’s Business pathway from diploma to degree, to explore her passions, her talents, and the world, through an international study tour.
“Although I loved being a chef, I wanted to do more with my work. I chose the Diploma of Business (Enterprise) at VU so I could test out where my strengths lay before taking the pathway into the business degree.
VU offered such a great variety of majors and practical learning, so I could structure a degree around my passions and skills. My double major was in marketing and international trade; I loved learning about economics and how the world works.
The best thing about VU is the diversity and acceptance. It was such a relaxed environment where people – from all different backgrounds – were so encouraging of each other.
During my studies, I had a life-changing experience on a study tour to Indonesia, with CERES Global and VU, via the New Colombo Plan. It was a socio-environmental, cross-cultural exchange. We built genuine friendships and connections with local communities and business leaders, and local grassroots organisations.
I completed my work integrated learning (WIL) internship at CERES Global, a not-for-profit global sustainability organisation. It opened up my scope of careers into NGOs and community development, and I loved contributing and giving back.
Recently I started working as a digital marketing consultant at Be the Brewster, a new start-up coffee and tea distributor. I’m leading on competitor research and analysis, marketing reports and understanding consumer behaviour – which VU’s coursework prepared me for so well.
My dream is to give back to my community through my work, and eventually I would love to own my own business.”