19 Mar EE Student – Wrapping up my time on the Gold Coast
by Tautvydas Pasakinskas
As my time here at Entrepreneur Education and Gold Coast is coming to the end, I would like to reflect on the course and my overall experience. But first, allow me to share a little bit of my background and circumstances so you can put it all into perspective.
After graduating from a course in music in London and studying marketing on my own for a couple of months, I was given an opportunity to acquire Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication at Entrepreneur Education. Taking this opportunity of a lifetime, I moved to Australia mid-September, just before the start of the summer and started the course one week later.
Studying at Entrepreneur Education
With the start of the course, I immediately made new friends, which then led to joining the Lithuanian community. If you do not have people from the same country as yourself doing the same course, make sure you read the Networking on the Gold Coast blog. Even having built up knowledge about marketing, especially digital, during the course I still learned new things, which I managed to implement in real-life situations. The mentor of the course was always very helpful if any questions arose, helping students one-on-one if necessary.
Gaining real-life experience
If you are anything like me and wish to gain even more hands-on experience, make sure you download Acadium app. Here you can find an online apprenticeship, get guidance from business owners and potentially secure a remote job. That was exactly the case for me. Not only that, here you can also learn more about digital marketing as they offer lessons on some topics for free. One application led me to going to Lennox for a couple of days, creating strategies for a startup company and it was all paid for. My point is, seek knowledge and experience.
As for my employment, I got to work for an amazing company – lululemon, which I would recommend to anyone, especially if you live an active lifestyle. If I had to give one advice on how to get a job in a company with many applicants, it would be to go into the store, office or a restaurant and actually meet the staff. Yes, even if they are only taking applications online. Charm them by being your true self as that is way more important than a good CV. For more tips on finding a job on the Gold Coast, read 5 Tips on getting a job on the Gold Coast.
Later on, with a lot of effort and work, I found a couple of businesses to do digital marketing for. This is where my new learnings from Entrepreneur Education came in handy as knowing terminology and being professional is extremely important. But how do you find businesses to work for? Just approach them and attend networking events. To learn more about that, refer to my previous blog.
Leisure on the Gold Coast
One thing I absolutely love about the Gold Coast is that there is so much to do within one hour drive. You can go for a surf, hike, watch a movie outdoors or go to a market. The list is just endless. And the best part is that the weather accommodates all of these things so well – you just need to make the most out of it.
Travelling while living on the Gold Coast is really easy as you have 2 airports nearby – Gold Coast and Brisbane airports. If you don’t want to spend a fortune, you can have a read on how to travel Australia on a budget. I got to see some amazing places like the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand. As I live on the opposite side of the world, on my way home me and my friends are going to visit Tasmania, Perth, Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam. And the best part is, we bought the tickets to all of these places for less than A$950! So once you are here, travelling is pretty cheap.
I can honestly say that coming here to the Gold Coast was an experience I would not change for anything. I met so many amazing people from all around the world that became friends for life. And for that, I thank Entrepreneur Education – you made this happen. And Gold Coast – it will forever have a special place in my heart. As I leave, I am not saying goodbye. I am saying until next time.
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