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Jojo - Bachelor of Business (Marketing) student

Behind the Books: Marketing Student and Miss Philippines Contestant

Meet Jojo, our Bachelor of Business (Marketing) student, who is also training full-time for Miss Philippines-Australia. She is a big believer of charity and fully supports our Here For Good initiative.

What made you choose a Marketing course?

I’m a fully-licensed Real Estate Agent and I love the fast-paced nature of the corporate business world. I wanted to find a course that related to my interest in sales and was really industry focused so I could build on my skills and propel my career.

What is the best part of your studies?

I really enjoy the practical experience developed through Industry Placement. I get to put all of my theory into practice and learn from experienced Academics.

The small class sizes are perfect for me. By studying on-campus I’ve made new and long-lasting friendships from diverse cultural backgrounds. Thanks especially to my teacher, Labibah, who teaches Accounting. You make coming to class and learning much more enjoyable! The campus is modern and in a perfect location (hello, views of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House!) and super convenient with the train station and bus stop close by.

I think Success Coaches are also really important. Its a unique service offered by no other University that allows you to get a dedicated coach from your first, to last year at Uni (I’m currently in my third). It’s amazing to be able to have services that we can utilise, for free, whenever we need. My Success Coach has helped me organise my study load by helping me to schedule my subjects into a timetable that was practical and do-able.

“Success Coaches are really important. My Success Coach has helped me organise my study load by scheduling my subjects into a timetable that was practical and do-able.”

What hobbies do you do outside of work?

I’m a very driven person. Outside of University and work I am training full-time for the Miss Philippines-Australia and Miss Charity Queen 2017 titles. I will compete in Sydney on 2 October, hoping all my training and charity work award me the title.

I have always been a big believer of ‘do good, feel good’ and donating my time and resources to charities since I could earn my first dollar. Behind the glitz and glamour of pageants stems big responsibility. Charlie Chaplin quotes “In this world there is room for everyone, and that the earth is rich and can provide for everyone”. I believe being in a pageant like Miss Philippines-Australia, allows me to use my voice and to raise awareness of social issues such as poverty that is apparent in Australia and the Philippines.

My goal is to challenge everyone to think about what ‘good’ they’re doing, and to help where and when they can. I was surprised and happy that through studying at Torrens University, they also have a “Here For Good” initiative, linked through their parent company, Laureate, in Education Institutions around the world!

For me, the experience of getting up on stage and competing brings me confidence in presenting to Business’ in the corporate world. Even through selling my advertorial magazine spots, I get to put my theory into real-life practice on something that was really important to me.

“I think the experience has also shaped me to realise that change starts from within. Whether on-stage or in class, you really have to apply yourself to achieve your goals, and be the best version of yourself.”

I believe my competitive edge in the competition is my experience. For a third year Uni student, with industry experience; including finance, real estate and marketing, I’ve been able to grow and develop my communication and presentation skills that other contestants may not have.

By doing good, you feel good. This is a critical component of working across cultural diversities in the workplace, and in communities, and is key in a competition like Miss Philippines-Australia. I would be so proud and honoured to win the title of a competition that prides itself on empowering strong, resilient young women who will help inspire and influence change in the community.

You can follow my journey online:

What is your favourite motivational quote?

“Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one’s courage” – Anais Nin

Are you passionate about Marketing?





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