Edith Shum: 5 Hidden Gems around Townsville

It’s time to explore this wonderful city from a different perspective!

I have to admit, when I first heard a name like “Townsville”, I wasn’t expecting much. It’s not exactly a place you think of that would have a booming night life, live music, or incredible spots for brunch. But at the end of the day, it’s all about perspective and how you can make the most of it. So instead of looking for all the familiar perks in big cities, I have discovered a few of what I like to call ‘hidden gems’ in Townsville. These are places that I’m sure will get your friends outside of Townsville to finally come to you instead. Here are my top 5 favourites so far: Continue reading

Katherine Lasdin: Blog Post 3

I would not trade my time abroad for anything, but I am a home body. My family means everything to me, and I have missed some big events and will continue to miss some big events.

I was so lucky to have my family visit Australia last week. I really wanted them to get a small experience of my time here. During their time in the southern hemisphere they went to Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney, and Auckland. I fortunately got to meet them in Cairns for 48 hours last week in between two field trips to Orpheus Island. Continue reading

Kessia Virah Sawmy: How to get volunteer experience

Beach clean up with Taronga Blue and The Sea Turtle Foundation

When I first started uni, all the lecturers encouraged us to get volunteering experience. Lots of emphasis was put on it and we were told how this was the way to get a job in the future. Volunteering allows you to put into practice what you have learned in your lectures to the real-world situations.

I’ve put together a few tips on how to get volunteering, more specifically in the science field. Continue reading

Edith Shum: 5 ways to take advantage of every opportunity

Make the most of your academic experience here at JCU!

“Get more experience, stand out, do something that gets you one step closer to that dream job” are phrases we’ve all heard before. But where do you begin? Being overwhelmed is an all too familiar feeling when you aren’t the only one who’s looking for some related experience. But being here at JCU- one of the best schools for marine biology, I knew I had to take advantage of every opportunity. There’s honestly no better place to get more experience. I’ve always learnt best by doing, and I think many of us can relate to that. Those field trips outside a classroom setting are the ones we remember the most. So why not strive for more of those experiences? Continue reading

Sydney Jones: Employment while studying

So you want a job in Townsville while studying?

Whether you just need a bit of extra spending money or want professional experience, getting and having a job in Townsville, while you’re studying, may be more difficult than you think.  It is difficult because of a couple of reasons.

  • As you are a student studies come first and it makes you less available
  • More than likely you don’t have a car and on campus jobs are scarce
  • Since the minimum wage is high employers expect more from you, especially when it comes to prior experience

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