One semester not enough for American

Halfway through his exchange semester at Macquarie, American Brandon Chiwaya decided the grass was greener ‘down under’.

He enrolled full-time at Macquarie and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations.

“The combination of Macquarie’s location and diverse student body afforded me a learning opportunity that wasn’t available at my home university,” Brandon says.

Brandon says that although the University is not widely known in the US, he has found that having a Macquarie degree is hugely beneficial when it comes to job-seeking.

“I have found that most of my job interviews focus around my international experience,” he notes. “Employers are usually impressed with the fact that I studied overseas and received well-rounded education at Macquarie.”

“In today’s globalised world, employers really value an international education and cross-cultural communication skills,” he adds. My time at Macquarie gave me an understanding of global politics and business, and the chance to build social and professional networks with people from around the world.”

“I was also able to have hands-on industry experience through an internship at the Irish Consulate in Sydney which was a fantastic experience.”

Now based in New York as an Operations Analyst for Moody’s – one of the world’s largest credit rating agencies – Brandon says his time in Sydney has opened up a world of opportunity.

“And it’s great to be working with a global company that values my globally-minded outlook,” he says.


 

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