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Carys Chan with her thesis. Photo: Ming Wei Cheah

Carys Chan with her thesis. Photo: Ming Wei Cheah

Carys graduates with a world of opportunities

10 July 2018

Carys Chan has spent the best part of the last decade living, eating and breathing the academic excellence of the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE).

Starting as an undergraduate in 2010 studying a Bachelor of Commerce, Carys graduates this week with a PhD in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources, which she completed through the Research School of Management (RSM).

It’s a journey that has literally taken Carys around the world and back again.

“Conference travel has brought me to exciting cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Hangzhou, Atlanta, and Wuhan, broadened my horizons as I mingle with world-class scholars, and nurtured my passion to undertake responsible and impactful research.”

For Carys, sharing her research with academics around the world has been the highlight of her studies. She also acknowledges that the world-class research profile of the College and the strong support networks available at the university have been central to developing her own research profile.

“I could not have asked for better research supervisors, colleagues, friends and support,” she says.

It’s clear from talking to Carys that her experience at CBE, and in the wider ANU, has been one of positive growth. Immersing herself in university life, such as the 3 Minute Thesis, PARSA events, seminars and other activities, Carys gained much from her university education, both personally and professionally.   

“PhD students are given generous support in research and a wealth of opportunities to develop their teaching and leadership skills.

“I was also a mentor to many students, which has enhanced my self-awareness, emotional intelligence and empathy.

“Because I kept an open mind and immersed myself in campus life I feel that I gained a lot more from my university education.”

Carys now takes these skills and experiences into her new position as Lecturer/Assistant Professor position at RMIT University in Melbourne, which she commenced this month.

For students who are just starting out on their higher education journey, Carys has some parting advice.

“Make the most out of your time at ANU by having a positive, learning attitude. If you focus on learning and understanding (not just the outcomes), you'll find that you have a lot more to gain from your education.”

Updated:   7 August 2018 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team