Tips for starting your own business after studying in Australia
Mojtaba travelled from Iran to study the Master of Information Technology at Charles Sturt University Study Centres. We caught up with him to find out more about his career success since graduating in 2017 and starting his own company in Sydney. If you're thinking about your future career, read about Mojtaba's experience and our top tips for starting your own business.
Make connections and build your network
University is a fantastic opportunity to make connections and start building your professional network. You will meet many people from different backgrounds, cultures and courses. You will also meet professors who are experts in their field or those who have worked in the industry you want to pursue. Quite simply, networking is about meeting people you can learn from, people who can connect you to others or those who can mentor or support you on your journey to career success.
On starting a business as an entrepreneur, Mojtaba advised:
“All you have to do is just find the right contacts. You need to be in touch with different people. It doesn't matter what field they are in or what level they are, they're always going to have an idea that's going to inspire you.
“For two years I was at the Study Centres. I met so many different people and different professors and I'm still in touch with them. Once in a while I just have a chat with them, see what they're doing or they ask me what I'm doing. I've met so many different people. I get inspired by them.”
Mojtaba shares his experience of starting his own company
Volunteer and develop your leadership skills
When you start writing your résumé and applying for jobs, it’s important you can demonstrate more than academic ability. Skills such as communication, problem solving and being able to work in a team are vital for impressing future employers.
We offer a range of leadership programs to help students develop skills for the future. For example, you can support your classmates by running study sessions or join in with the student committee to organise events.
Mojtaba said he was pushed to learn more by supporting his classmates. He said: “I was doing the PASS [Peer Assisted Study Sessions] classes and then the technical courses, like teaching the networking, which was my favourite. It's an amazing experience to just teach people.”
Do something that inspires you
Do you already have your career planned out? Or are you still thinking about your options? Either way, it’s important to start with something you are passionate about. This is even more important if you are thinking of starting your own business as no one else will be there telling you what to do. Think about jobs related to your degree, what you’re good at and what makes you get up in the morning. It can also help to talk things through with a careers adviser.
Mojtaba said his ambitions were clear from an early age: “I always wanted to create things. Since I was a kid, I got into video games, and then I was like, I want to create something for myself. I want to do something creative. That was when I got into maths, physics and I eventually ended up in programming.”
Look to the future
Your goals and aspirations play an important role in success, whether that’s achieving your degree, leading a project or taking steps to start your own company. As a business owner, Mojtaba references the hard work and dedication you have to put in; “you just have to keep going and going”.
He’s also been researching ideas for the future to keep his business relevant: “I've been looking at AR, which is augmented reality. I'm trying to find a way to bring more tech into the market, giving a bit of shake to the market, because right now everyone's just going for AI.”