Denison Tarsitano Carvalho Días is an RGIT 2017 international graduate, Outstanding Student Award recipient, former RGIT Intern, and is today a much loved and valued member of the RGIT team working as a Student Administration Officer at Melbourne Main campus. We sat down with Denison to ask him a few questions about his experiences at RGIT.
What made you want to come and study in Australia?
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, my wife and I started to think about the possibility of an exchange at the end of 2015. Our decision was made in the pursuit of education. At the time, I was in the middle of my MBA in Project Management, and my wife had just completed a postgraduate degree in Human Recourses. We were both looking to the future and how we continue to learn. We initially decided to go to Vancouver, Canada. By January 2016, we had already decided on the neighborhood where we would live, the dates we would travel, and had paid for the courses we would study. In June, we realised that we didn’t have enough funds to last the length of our visa. Then, in less last than a week, we decided to change everything, request a refund from the college in Canada, and we applied for studies in Australia.
We chose RGIT because of the short duration of the Certificate IV Business course (6 months), and because we believed we would be more easily granted a visa to Australia. I finished my MBA in December 2016, and in January 2017, we boarded our plane and arrived in beautiful Melbourne.
Why did you decide to study at RGIT?
I had heard good things about studying at RGIT. As I mentioned, I give huge importance to studies and education, and even before boarding my flight, I already had a great affection for RGIT. RGIT allowed me to achieve my desire to complete overseas study, and because of this point alone, it allowed me to have great admiration and pride for the college, even before my arrival in Melbourne. When I arrived in Melbourne, I was very warmly welcomed. I knew that I had made the right choice when I saw how knowledgeable my business trainer was, and the support staff gave to myself and others adapting to the Australian education system.
What made you decide to intern at RGIT?
I used to check RGIT’s website every day, until finally, I saw an opportunity as a Marketing Administration Intern. I didn’t think twice, and I applied for the vacancy. From then, I spent three months working agents’ files together with the marketing team. I really enjoyed my internship at RGIT, as I had the opportunity to interact with staff and students from all over the world, as well as getting the “Australian experience”. It was a great opportunity to spend time at a great company in a fast-paced, dynamic education industry. And, of course, I was making lots of new friends!
Did you experience any difficulties during this time?
Of course, nothing was easy. My internship, as is the case for everybody, was unpaid. I was working three jobs as well as my internship in order to support myself and my wife here in Australia. Of course, my wife was also working, however, it is quite expensive being an international student in Australia. I believe it was my persistence that helped me to continue during times of difficulty, and I wanted to make the most of every opportunity.
What’s it like to work at RGIT?
I’m really enjoying working at RGIT. Most of all, I love being a part of a company surrounded by great friends who are always available to support me.