HAVING a university degree broadens horizons in more ways than one, says University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser Coast Student Ambassador Jeremei Maudsley.
“Expanding my career options within Australia is just the start,” he said. “There are also myriad opportunities for jobs overseas on a work and holiday visa.”
Mr Maudsley, 28, said his lifetime dream was to travel around Europe. Now, with just one semester of study left to complete his Bachelor of Business, making that dream a reality is getting closer by the day.
With a major in resource management and minors in psychology and education, Mr Maudsley has plenty of scope for securing work in a variety of areas that require highly skilled people.
“I chose a psychology minor because it linked with human resource management in business. I also wanted the education minor to give myself as many career pathways as possible.”
The former Maryborough sheet metal worker said finishing his USQ undergraduate degree this year still allowed him time to apply for a UK Tier 5 Visa, which applies to Australian and New Zealand citizens aged between 18 and 30 years.
“I turn 30 in March next year (2016) but I can apply up to my 31st birthday. With that visa I’ll be able to work and travel anywhere in the UK for two years.”
Born in the North Queensland town of Ingham, Mr Maudsley is of Philippian and Australian descent but lived mostly in Maryborough attending Albert State Primary and Maryborough State High schools.
“I did a sheet metal working apprenticeship in Maryborough before enrolling at USQ and moving to Hervey Bay two and a half years ago. I had achieved everything I wanted with the trade and was looking for a new challenge.
“I’m trying to keep my options open because I don’t know what I really want to do yet. If I don’t like something, then I want to be able to move around, so having a university degree with studies in a few different areas gives me the best chance to do that.”
Anyone who wants to study at USQ in 2015 still has time to apply. Applications through QTAC close on February 16; direct entry applications close on February 26. Application details can be found at www.usq.edu.au/study/apply.Photo: USQ Fraser Coast Student Ambassador Jeremei Maudsley is looking forward to traveling overseas, buoyed with a university business degree to help him find quality work.