FESTIVAL HITS RIGHT NOTE FOR STUDENT
LIKE a fine piece of music, career development takes the right attitude, passion and persistence, as at least one international student has discovered.
Norwegian Marius Moeller, 21, decided to leave all that was familiar in search of new challenges.
Little did he know when setting off on his grand adventure that it would take him to the dizzying heights of international- standard chamber music in Townsville.
After completing high school in his home town of Moss, Norway, Mr Moeller realised he yearned to experience a completely different environment, challenge himself in unknown ways and explore new opportunities.
So he set his sights on Australia, enrolling to study a Bachelor of Business majoring in marketing at James Cook University in Townsville. During his first year at JCU, he applied for an internship with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music ( AFCM) – and the rest played out like a piece of classical music as he scored the job.
“During my first year at JCU we were informed about the possibility of doing an internship and I remember thinking it would be a great opportunity,” he said.
Through his internship with AFCM, Mr Moeller has enjoyed the privilege of learning to market Australia’s leading chamber music festival, gaining new skills, knowledge and connections that will boost his career prospects.
“I am learning to interact with various key stakeholders in a professional and confident way,” he said. “I have gained a further understanding of a not- for- profit organisation and the importance of volunteers. Furthermore, I have gained experience using social media as a professional platform.”
He is excited about the upcoming festival.
“We have now extended the period of the internship, which means I will be able to experience the festival at its fullest, which I am super- excited about,” he said.
ON SONG: James Cook University student Marius Moeller, from Norway, is doing an internship with the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.