At Torrens University, we believe in connecting the world for good and we love to give our students the chance to connect with alumni and industry partners, so they get to learn from their first-hand experiences.
We have a strong engaged alumni network who are keen to connect and inspire others and this year we are excited to have four of our amazing alumni join us on a panel at Industry Connect.
The panel will be the closing session of Industry Connect, hosted by Associate Professor Simon Pawson (Ph.D), Associate Dean – Hospitality, Tourism, Events and Culinary, live in Sydney and livestreamed online to all other campuses and those tuned in online.
Online participants will also have access to a live Q&A via an app and the livestream will be recorded and available on-demand post-event.
We can’t wait for you to meet our expert and rockstar alumni panel – here’s a bit about them to get you excited!
Vianney Rouille: Master of Business Administration Advanced (MBAA) 2020, Management Consultant, Collagis
Vianney Rouille arrived in Australia as an international student, not speaking much English, with a backpack and ‘not much else’. Drawn to Torrens University because of our international network (through Laureate Education Inc. and now Strategic Education Inc), employability and access, he graduated with an MBAA in 2020 and within two weeks, secured a secured a Management Consultant role at Collagis, an Australian Management Consultancy.
A problem solver and leader with an entrepreneurial drive, he believes that ‘there is boldness in most people, but you need that space and Torrens provided that space for me.’ He advocates for Torrens University’s employability focus and says learning from industry-connected experts and lecturers and having a curriculum with strong industry aspects helped him secure a job quickly.
Scott Bear: Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management 2017, Front Office Manager, Sofitel Sydney
What the customer often remembers most in any hospitality experience is often the personal touch -that extra bit of generosity that comes when someone brings their heart to work – and that’s is the point of difference that Scott has led with since his completing his degree with the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School in 2017.
Scott chose hospitality over medicine – but applies the same principle of care – so that the ‘guest gets the most out of the experience’ and is passionate about ‘authentic hospitality’ as ‘something you learn within yourself.’
To add to his stellar career in hospitality, including the working at the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour - a place where many people get to at the end of their career – Scott has been actively involved in Camp Quality, Bill Crews Foundation, September, Movember, Dress for Success and the Sony Foundation.
Ian Gonzaga: Bachelor of Health Science 2017, Clinical Services Product Manager, Blackmores Group
As a dancer who started training in his early 20’s, Ian understands first-hand the role that nutrition plays in health and wellbeing.
‘I graduated from SSNT with a BA Health Science in Nutritional Medicine, and I really can’t believe where it’s taken me – my passion is to help people by passing on my knowledge and I get to do that every day with BioCeuticals in the Blackmores Group - the team that picks up when you call for product support, call for a tricky case or call to report an adverse reaction.
This was an excellent extension to my degree as I got to put into practice everything learnt about nutritional medicine PLUS learn about herbal formulations in a corporate environment.’ Ian’s career path demonstrates how varied the application of a degree can be!
Angie Ussher: Current Master of Education [Special Education] student and alumni, Torrens University
Turning personal and professional challenges into helping others understand more about what people with learning difficulties face is what has been at the heart of Angie Ussher’s journey to gain her Master of Special Education.
A home-schooling mother of three, including a son with who has autism and learning difficulties, a music teacher – many of her students have additional needs – president of the local music society – these are just some of the strings to Angie’s bow which she managed, while studying.
Angie says the support of lecturers was a key to her success.
“I always thought that when you do a masters you’d be left on your own, which can seem scary, but it's been the complete opposite.
“When I got accepted into this course, it was like a validation that I am good enough. Don't underestimate yourself. Go for it.”