Graduating student already making a difference

7 Jul 2017

Kade Hamalainen is graduating UQ Business School with a Bachelor of Business Management and Arts this semester and already he’s making a difference, working full-time for local not-for-profit company Reverse Garbage Queensland, and reaching out to offer words of advice or graduating students.

Kade, like many UQ students, set out to gain experience in his preferred industry while still a full time student. However he had a very specific goal in mind.

“I was searching for marketing jobs in Brisbane with worker-cooperative and not-for-profit business models and after reading through Reverse Garbage Queensland’s online content, I knew I wanted to get involved with this business”, he said.

After undertaking a paid internship with a marketing consultancy firm during his final years of study, Kade was fortunate to transition to a full-time role with Reverse Garbage Queensland once he completed his studies.

Not all students are fortunate in finding paid internships or securing full-time roles immediately after completing their studies, but Kade has plenty of advice to offer current students to enhance their employability - including making the most of services provided by the BEL Student Employability Team