Dean's Letter to Students - End of Semester 2, 2022

Dear Students,

Dean Paul KofmanNearing the end of Semester Two, we have seen a return to normality but not without its challenges. I thank you for your adaptability and determination to learn throughout this ‘dual-delivery’ year. Those of you who were able to return to campus, I’m sure that you enjoyed seeing our buildings once again filled with students – a return to a vibrant campus.

You are in the examination period and while it’s important to study for your exams, you should also find time to wind down. The University has resources for dealing with study-related stress and there are other wellness resources including details of how to reach out for more help.

As your 2022 studies come to a conclusion, it’s important to look ahead towards 2023. Even if you are not at the end of your studies, it’s not too early to start thinking about applying for a job after graduation. The University offers support and resources for getting ready for the job market. By all reports, conditions currently favour job seekers. So if you prepare well, you give yourself a good chance of landing an ideal job. Those of you continuing your studies next year, you might consider an internship. There are opportunities for Bachelor of Commerce and MBS students.

Another way to get a unique co-curricular experience is to undertake a student exchange opportunity overseas. Applications for Semester Two, 2023, close on 27 November so get your application in soon.

This semester I hope you also had the time to attend some of our on-campus public events. In September we hosted the 2022 Griffin Economic History Lecture on the subject of gender inequity and its Australian history. Last month we held a panel discussion on the merits of AI in leadership, to celebrate the launch of the Centre for Brain, Mind and Markets. And just last week we held the annual Foenander Lecture on the future of work design. We will have many more public events in 2023, and I hope you will take the opportunity to attend and enrich your studies.

When your examinations have ended, it will be time to stop and reflect on all the work you put in this year, and to spend much-deserved time in the company of friends and families. I wish all of you the very best with your remaining studies and the final months of 2022.

Stay safe,

Professor Paul Kofman
Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics