I still remember vividly the very first day of my O-Week at the University of Sydney. The orange banners flying in the breeze, the commotion on Eastern Avenue, hundreds of stalls and, thousands of people bustling to get freebies. It felt like I was at the World Fair, an electrifying energy throughout campus to begin the new year. However, my sights were set on a couple of stalls. One in particular was of course the Sydney University Business Society (SUBS). I met the executive, had a chat about my degree and got the run-down about the variety of amazing events the society has to offer.
SUBS provides a range of dynamic events such as the SUBS Cruise Hammer Time, the First Years Camp, various professional networking events with the likes of EY, Microsoft and the Macquarie Group, and many more events. The Sydney University Business Society provides high quality social and networking events that are fantastic to not only meet new people but advance an individual’s career prospects.
One of the events that peaked my interest was the SUBS, UNSW Business Society and UTS Business Society Intervarsity Sports Tournament. A spectacle of great proportions to compete for university pride and glory against other groups. However, this got me thinking, how many people do I know from the other University’s Business Societies?
This question made me realise that my professional and social network was primarily focused only within the University of Sydney. Although to be expected, I wanted to expand beyond my initial University as I was certain that every university and their respective society had a dynamic, experienced and vibrant community that would be amazing to participate in.
That’s where the Australian Business Students’ Association has impacted not only my social network but also my professional career. ABSA has been able to foster an interconnected environment that allows me to personally access an intervarsity network to extend beyond my present experience at university.
I attended a casual drinks night hosted by ABSA where I joined a table of other bright and eager business students. Little did I know that on that one table were students from USYD, UTS, UNSW and Macquarie University all with their own experiences and advice, which I was able to not only tap into but utilise to improve my own professional career.
An interconnected business society environment not only allows students to advance their own prospects in the business world, but allows their social network to expand and develop beyond their University.
This is why I commend the Australia Business Students’ Association to every university student across Australia. An interconnected business society environment in each respective state promotes a fantastic opportunity for the future generation of business leaders. It’s an environment that I am looking forward to seeing develop and flourish as business societies become even more interconnected in the future.