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BRAD MOGGRIDGE BACHELOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE.

"I CAN PROUDLY SAY I MANAGE THE ONLY DEDICATED ABORIGINAL WATER UNIT IN AUSTRALIA."

Bradley Moggridge

Program Manager, Aboriginal Water Initiative, NSW Office of Water

Brad MoggridgeI was drawn to the Bachelor of Environmental Science at ACU because it offered a broad range of science pathways. Being of Aboriginal heritage, I have an obligation to care for country and to my ancestors past and children’s future.

ACU established me as a scientist with status, and I have chosen my career paths with confidence. I often find I’m the only Aboriginal person in a meeting, but my experience means I can express Aboriginal values with informed and meaningful input.

I enjoyed my time at ACU. The group of students was diverse, and lecturers knew and respected you. There was a good balance between theory and practical, and you can experience the real world through the field experience program.

I can proudly say that I manage the only dedicated Aboriginal water unit in Australia. I get to protect country by managing water resources, and combining traditional knowledge and western science to better manage the driest inhabited continent on earth.

Being one of the few Aboriginal scientists around the traps, I have to pinch myself sometimes at what I’ve achieved. I maintain a drive to make a difference for Aboriginal people and the environment.

I am the first in my large extended family with a university degree. My family are very proud.

Patrick Esangga

Marketing and Brand Manager at YTD

BACHELOR OF ARTS/BACHELOR OF COMMERCE

"I LOVE MY LINE OF WORK. I’M PASSIONATE ABOUT BUSINESS AND FASHION, AND MY CAREER IS DYNAMIC, INTERESTING AND FUN."

Profile PatrickStudying at ACU improved my confidence, and I learnt I’m capable of doing anything I set my mind to. Having a supportive network of staff and fellow students really reinforced my goals and influenced my view.

ACU definitely put me on the path to my dream career. Without undertaking the work experience requirements of my degree, I would not have found my role in fashion. During uni one of my part time jobs was working in retail, and I undertook work experience in their marketing department. This eventuated into a full-time role and led to where I am now.

As the Marketing and Brand Manager at YTD, I work with exclusive luxury and designer fashion brands such a Tod’s and Vera Wang Bridal. On top of this I run my own marketing company, which provides integrated consultancy by combining marketing, management and strategy to maximise business results for my portfolio of clients.

I love my line of work. I’m passionate about fashion, and my career is dynamic, interesting and fun. I’m lucky enough to work at a goal and results-orientated organisation with a friendly and motivated environment.

To make the ordinary into extraordinary you need passion. You have to love what you do, to get the best out of you.

Georgia Black

Student

BACHELOR OF EXERCISE AND SPORTS SCIENCE

"HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMPLETE MY HONOURS PROJECT WITH AN ELITE AFL TEAM IS EXTREMELY EXCITING."

Georgia Black“I am small fish in a large pond in the sports science industry, but ACU has helped me see that hard work leads to amazing opportunities.

Working in an elite sporting environment has always been a dream of mine. ACU has helped me realise that there are opportunities at the elite sporting level – a goal which I had always been told was impossible to reach.

As part of my course I am currently gaining valuable experience at the Collingwood Football Club. Having the opportunity to complete my honours project with an elite AFL team is extremely exciting.

An average day at the Club includes working away at my thesis, analysing match data, helping out during training sessions, and collecting players’ ratings on each session.

This opportunity is teaching me a lot about strength and conditioning components of training as well as how to shape an extensive training day with time constraints in the team sport environment. It has even sparked my interest in applied sports research – something I thought I would never do.

It is important to take every opportunity that is thrown at you because you never know where it might lead.”

Katie Molloy

Student

Atherton Gardens Homework Support Program Coordinator

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (PRIMARY)

“SEEING THE EXCITEMENT ON A STUDENT’S FACE WHEN THEY HAVE GRASPED A NEW IDEA OR CONCEPT IS SUCH AN HONOUR.”

Katie Molloy“ACU has a unique sense of community values which have helped me become a more reflective and considerate individual and prospective teacher. My course is highly regarded by teaching professionals and this is ultimately why I made the decision to study education at ACU.

Community engagement is a compulsory component of my studies, and has led to my current position as Coordinator at the Atherton Gardens Homework Support Program in Fitzroy.

Through this role I have been able to make a positive difference in the lives of children who come from a wide range of diverse and marginalised backgrounds. It has given me the opportunity to connect with my local community and apply the teaching skills I am learning at ACU in a practical way.

Working as HSP coordinator has been a remarkable experience. It has allowed me to understand that every student, regardless of background, is an individual and exceptional human being, and can be deeply affected by the range of events that occur in their everyday lives.

I love to witness learning in action. Seeing the excitement on a student’s face when they have grasped a new idea or concept is such an honour.”

Anthony Sams

Semi-professional cricketer and entrepreneur

BACHELOR OF COMMERE/BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

"THE BUSINESS WORLD IS A VAST SPACE AND THE OPPORTUNITIES ARE LIMITLESS. ACU HAS GIVEN ME THE TOOLS TO KEEP GROWING AND ADVANCING MY CAREER."

Anthony SamsI decided to study at ACU after my friends recommended it. The University has a personal environment and you can have one-on-one conversations with lecturers. Here you are not just a blur in the crowd.

ACU has given me a strong work ethic and taught me to ask questions. I’ve also learnt the benefits of surrounding yourself with those who will help you grow.

I will always strive for more and ACU has given me the tools to keep growing and advancing my career. The business world is a vast space and the opportunities are limitless.

Studying at ACU has provided some amazing opportunities. I spent four weeks studying in Paris, France where I made friends from countries around the world.

Being a sportsman, the Elite Athlete Program was invaluable. There was help available whenever matches or training would cause a conflict. Without this program, completing my degrees would have been very difficult.”

I have just returned from a five-month trip to England where I was playing cricket. Although I don’t know where I’ll end up, ACU has fully prepared me for my new life.

Do something you love to do. Figure out what you enjoy, and then don’t give up on it.

Hayden Piercy

Cadet, St John Ambulance

BACHELOR OF NURSING / BACHELOR OF PARAMEDICINE

“BEING A PARAMEDIC MEANS I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP SOMEONE EVERY DAY, MAYBE EVEN SAVE A LIFE.”

Hayden Piercy“To me, being a paramedic means each day holds the possibility of making a real, positive difference in someone’s life. Study at ACU combined with my cadetship at St John Ambulance means I am getting a great head start on my career.

I chose to study nursing and paramedicine at ACU because it is a community. I’ve also noticed there is a big focus on values, and the University provides a really inclusive environment for all. There are also a lot of practical components to the degree.

ACU also gave me the opportunity to apply for the Early Achievers’ Program, which recognises community engagement when you apply to university, and meant I was able to gain early entry into my degree.

I’ve been volunteering at St John Ambulance for three years now – it’s amazing. It’s a great program to be involved in, and has provided me with the opportunity to work within the community.

Being a paramedic means I have the opportunity to help someone every day, maybe even save a life. In the end, if I’m just able to make someone smile it’s all worth it.”

Alex Lehours

Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design

Freelance designer, illustrator and painter

BACHELOR OF VISUAL ARTS AND DESIGN

“MY WORLD IS A COLOURFUL ONE. EVERY DAY I GET TO BE CREATIVE. I HAVE MADE A CAREER OUT OF MY PASSION.”

Alex Lehours“My world is a colourful one. Every day I get to be creative. My job is to design, illustrate and paint huge, bold pieces of art. I have made a career out of my passion.

I started my career working as a graphic designer for a sports company, and after four years I decided to take the leap and work for myself. It was a scary move, but it gave me the opportunity and freedom to focus on the work that I wanted to do.

Running my own business is amazing. I am living my dream. I get to choose the projects I work on, so I’m always challenged and interested. As a result, some of my clients have been my all-time favourite brands. I have been lucky enough to paint murals for Facebook, Stoli Vodka, Converse shoes, and The Black Keys.

My ACU degree covered all the areas of design I was interested in, and eventually helped me decide on a particular field to focus on. I was taught the fundamentals of both design and business.

As a student you should be passionate about what you are doing and have an open mind to learning new things. And enjoy yourself – it should be fun as well.”