Vanessa Desloires, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business, Melbourne
Journalist – Fairfax Media
Vanessa Desloires completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business in 2005. In 2014 she left the business world to write about it, joining the Australian Financial Review as a markets reporter. Since then she has become one of the most respected writers in her field in the country, covering investments, the economy and the impact of global politics for the Australian Financial Review, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
‘As a working mother with two children I am determined to set an example of balancing a demanding career with being a present and engaged parent, though never easy,’ she said.
‘I embrace the challenge of writing in a male dominated industry and am heartened that I have the privilege of interviewing many senior women in the funds management world, though of course there's still a long way to go.
‘It's crucial for women especially to have an interest and knowledge in investments, because anyone with a super fund should know how their hard-earned money is being managed in these uncertain times.’
Meeting people and making friends from different backgrounds well outside the bubble of my high school environment. The location of the campus in Fitzroy. The variety of subjects within the Arts faculty and the experience of the lecturers within the Business faculty.
I studied Business with a major in Human Resource Management, which at the time was an emerging field in its own right in the world of business. The highlights were the work experience components, in my opinion, practical elements are the most vital part of a tertiary education.
Use a Business degree as a foundation, to launch yourself to wherever you want to go. It's a great base for literally anything you end up doing in life, business acumen will help avoid many pitfalls whether you work for yourself or a multinational!