Adjunct Professor in the College of Business
I’m really looking forward to getting involved with students at VU; mentoring students, talking to classes, possibly doing some lectures. I’ll certainly get involved in MCing, speaking at events and also I would like to have some input into the curriculum.
One of the key skills for graduates coming into business is to be able to communicate and to do so in a diverse environment. There are people within business and obviously at VU coming from all over the world and you come up against so many different types of people. You have to be flexible and to be able to communicate very broadly. We’re living through incredibly interesting and challenging times and I think that what that means for business students is that they really have to be fast on their feet. They have to be flexible. They have to be able to grab opportunities as they see them. And they have to understand the world around them. I think it’s really important not to be insular, to look around you and to understand what’s going on in the world.
I think the new Career Start degrees at VU are a fantastic innovation because it gives the students an opportunity to have much more knowledge when they come to decide what to do with their life and their career. Usually it’s too early; you don’t really know, but being able to do that, having done the first year, is a fantastic way of going about it. VU has highly practical courses, has lots of integrated learning with industry and the connections with people like me will provide it with a very practical way for students to be connected to business.
I think what I can do for VU and for the students there is to provide a bridge between the university and the business community. Give the students some insight from the real world of business; what it’s like, how it’s going to benefit them and what they need to do in order to become successful business people.
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