#InThisTogether with Natalia Murcia García
A life in fashion
I have always had an interest in fashion.
Starting in eighth grade at high school, I worked backstage at fashion
shows which led me to study fashion design at a university in Colombia.
Since graduating in 2007, I have worked in a range of roles throughout the
fashion industry in my home country.
My husband and I moved to Perth in 2016 looking to work, study and develop
our English. This is where I decided to expand my skills in fashion to keep
up-to-date with changes in the industry.
I wanted to learn more about the business side of the fashion industry.
That is why I decided to enrol in an Associate's Degree of Fashion Business
at South Metropolitan TAFE in Bentley.
At first, I was anxious because I was coming back to the classroom ten
years after graduating. I also needed to learn a whole new education system
in a country I had never been before but it has been a fantastic journey!
Improving career readiness as an international student
I found an immediate sense of comfort in Australia which helped me be
confident enough to put myself out there to find opportunities that would
build my resume. However, I know that for many this can be an intimidating
prospect. Networking and putting yourself out there makes a world of
difference but I know it can be scary and challenging to most people.
You can start by letting your lecturers know what your expectations and
goals are from your degree and letting them know what you want to achieve.
I am sure they will be more than happy to guide you and it could
significantly improve your career experience.
I am also a believer in spotting opportunities where no one else can.
Sharpen your observation skills and great ideas can turn into invaluable
We all have a unique set of skills that make us different - use that to
your advantage and do not be afraid to expose yourself to new experiences.
Volunteering in Australia
One easy way international students can improve their career readiness is
through volunteering. I believe that volunteer experience is not only
beneficial to your future, but a great source of fun and enjoyment.
Volunteering work is ingrained in Australian society and therefore greatly
appreciated. If you volunteer at something that resonates with you I can
guarantee you will enjoy it from day one.
I have acted as an international student mentor, an airport greeter for new
students, a volunteer dresser at fashion shows and I am now a StudyPerth
I volunteer to display my experience, acquire new skills and knowledge,
strengthen my existing skills, expand my mind and give me more tools to
build a path to accomplish my dreams. Whether those dreams are here in
Australia or back home.