The Library is very busy this semester and until the Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMDC) is completed there will be increased pressure on study space availability in the Library and on campus.
We sincerely apologise for this inconvenience. When the AMDC opens, we will open up additional study spaces in the BA building in rooms currently being used for classrooms. In the meantime, here are some tips for this semester.
Seven tips to find a study space
Hiske Deschepper credits the success of her international accounting career to her experience with Swinburne’s Industry-Based Learning (IBL) work placement program.
While studying accounting at Swinburne, Hiske worked as a Finance Assistant with Mercedes-Benz as part of Swinburne’s well renowned IBL program.
“IBL is a great opportunity to get your foot in the door and show a company what you are capable of. I was lucky to be offered the opportunity to stay on with Mercedes-Benz after my placement, and I have seen other IBL students at Mercedes-Benz offered the same chance,” said Hiske.
Graduating from Swinburne in 2010, Hiske now works as a Controlling Expert for Business Solutions at the Headquarters of Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, in Stuttgart, Germany.
“I didn’t speak German when I applied for this position, and had no family and few friends here. Now, while my German still isn’t wonderful, I do have an amazing group of friends, plus a fantastic boyfriend that I never would have met if not for that leap of faith.”
For students who are interested in a career overseas, Hiske recommends getting involved with international study opportunities while at university.
“Study abroad is a great way to experience another culture. International companies look for indicators in your resume that show you are a team player, that you can remain dynamic in difficult situations and whether you have the ability to work in a culture that is not your own. These things become more and more important if you want to work overseas one day.”
“Accounting is an ever-changing, dynamic profession and I have found it to be an interesting career choice. There are so many different branches in which you can choose to study and excel.”
Swinburne Film and Television graduate Nicole Tan has her short film, I Dream a Geisha, showing on the big screen at Melbourne’s iconic Federation Square on Friday 28 February, at 2.57pm.
I Dream a Geisha is a chalkboard stop-motion animation film that centres around Kiyomi, a young aspiring Geisha who can only dream of one day wearing an elaborate kimono.
The film is screening as part of the 2014 IPAF ATOM Awards, which celebrate the best of Australian and New Zealand screen content from the education sector and screen industry professionals. Nicole’s film was the winner in the Best Tertiary Animation category.
If you’ve got some spare time this Friday, make sure you head on down to Federation Square and show your support for Nicole and Swinburne’s Film and Television program.
Last week four Swinburne students, Jane Roberts, Beth Fernon, Lucinda Coleman and Fiona Lewis, (pictured) were invited to attend the Hawthorn Rotary Club’s weekly luncheon. During the luncheon they presented their concept for a mobile app BREAK, which helps tackle obesity for people in the workplace.
The concept for BREAK won them the Rotary Hawthorn Innovation Award and a $1000 cheque.
BREAK is a wristband, widget and app, developed to track people’s movements, while helping to monitor and improve their actions. It also aims to reduce the negative impacts of long term sedentary behaviour.
During the presentation, the Swinburne students ran a range of activities, which included getting the rotary club members to stand up and move around the room.
This app was created as part of the unit New Technology, which students complete during their Bachelor of Communication Design (Honours) course, run by Sonja Pedell and Keith Robertson.
Swinburne Croydon carpentry students are heading to Cambodia this weekend to build a community arts centre. The centre will provide a much-needed arts program to more than 1000 families in Kampot Province.
More than $20,000 has been raised to-date, which includes proceeds from the project’s major fundraising event, the Rebuild Cambodia Gala Dinner. This event was held at Murrumbeena Pavilion on 15 February.
Swinburne carpentry teacher Jon Wallace said the evening was a great success.
“We would like to thank everyone who attended the gala dinner – our target of raising $22,000 for building materials has almost been reached thanks to both corporate and public donations,” Jon said.
Swinburne carpentry student Leigh Rice is taking part in the tour.
“I’m really looking forward to the trip and I hope to gain a lot more knowledge about Cambodia’s history,” she said.
A documentary team from the Cambodian Broadcasting Network in Melbourne will follow the project. The apprentices have taken part in pre-departure interviews and have also been filmed at Hard Yakka, where they were fitted out with clothes for the trip.
Free counselling and health advice is now available to Swinburne students at headspace Hawthorn. It is located in the new Town Hall precinct on Burwood Rd.
headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, is a social initiative designed to meet the needs of people aged between 12 and 25, at risk of developing mental illness and substance use disorders.
Swinburne’s Professor Greg Murray, a professor in psychology, is the independent chair of headspace Hawthorn.
He says one in four young people experiencing a mental health issue at some time in their life.
"This new centre will help local young people access and navigate the services they need and reduce the stigma of mental health and seeking support," he said.
headspace Hawthorn brings together a variety of service providers that help young people in Melbourne’s inner east including health, training, housing and employment services .
To access this free and confidential service contact headspace Hawthorn.
Last year Springvale Homemaker Centre invited a talented group of Swinburne design students to revitalise the centre.
Our interior design and decoration and visual merchandising students created concepts to ‘activate’ certain spaces within the centre that needed a fresh breath of life.
The ideas the students came up with were fresh, outside of the square, and captured the essence of what Springvale Homemaker Centre is all about. The process was enriching for both the students and the centre’s community.
One student developed a display around the theme of ‘memories are the essence of life and until they are created a house is not a home’. Students created a photo wall, which invited customers to share images of their Springvale Homemaker Centre purchases.
The homemaking activities of each customer made them feel part of the Springvale Homemaker Centre community.
You are invited to the Rebuild Cambodia Gala dinner on 15 February 2014.
Swinburne is working with Mayibue Camodia and Cambodian Broadcasting Network to help raise $10,000 to build a community arts centre in rural Kampot, Cambodia. Mayibue Cambodia is a non-for-profit organisation that provides art programs to young people in rural Cambodia.
Swinburne’s School of Engineering, with support from Mayibue Cambodia, is sending eight students to Cambodia this month to help construct the centre.
The Rebuild Cambodia Gala dinner will feature two guest speakers:
There will also be plenty of entertainment and performances, including a Cambodian band, silent auction and an amazing banquet.
Venue: Murrumbeena Pavilion; 28 Gerald St, Murrumbeena
Cost: $60 per person or $500 for table of 10. Students receive a 50% discount
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