Haris Qureshi

Your journey from Year 12 to where you are now:

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do in Year 12, but I always did have a passion for business, so I decided to do a Bachelor of Commerce. I started out as an Accounting major, but immediately I was pulled towards Marketing.

I was quite active when it came to extra-curricular activities and in the general Adelaide business community. The networks I made helped me get that out-of-classroom experience which has helped me get the experience I needed.

I've always been fascinated by the start-up world, and worked in one for about two years doing everything from Product Development, Sales, Marketing, Account Management - you name it, I probably did it.

I decided to specialise a bit more and now work Employment Innovations as their Marketing Manager.

Any internships or work placements during your studies?

I had two part-time jobs, I did tutoring and also did an admin job at a professional services firm. These jobs taught me some important skills in working in an office environment in particular.

I think one of the most important things is to be coming to your manager with solutions, not problems - they want a proactive employee, not just someone who is always saying 'I don't understand this' or 'How do I do this?’

What about 'outside the classroom' ... what activities did you take part in outside of classes during your time at UoA?

I was the President of AIESEC - one of the student clubs on campus. The feeling of running an organisation with about 40-50 volunteers was great - I was able to put the theory I learned in the classroom into action straight away.

I've had plenty of failures along the way - but the opportunity to experiment and try new things was great and has helped me to hone many of my skills.

Being involved in the community outside of the University has helped me as well. By being active in the local start-up scene, I had the ability to see how things are done in the real world, meet entrepreneurs and see how things were done by experts.

When thinking about future employment, what would be your "Top-3-Tips" for a new student about to embark on their University studies?

1) Find someone on LinkedIn who you want to be in 10 years’ time, send them a message and ask them how they got there.
2) It’s not just about what you know, but WHO you know. Network.
3) Experiment. Uni is a time when you do have a safety net - whether it's joining a club and finding out you don't like something. Once you get into the working world, it becomes harder to experiment when you're expected to become a specialist.

What are your future career aspirations?

I want to found my own tech start-up.

I've always been fascinated by the start-up world, and worked in one for about two years doing everything from Product Development, Sales, Marketing, Account Management - you name it, I probably did it.
Being involved in the community outside of the University has helped me as well. By being active in the local start-up scene, I had the ability to see how things are done in the real world, meet entrepreneurs and see how things were done by experts.

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