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Employability Webinar #5: Becoming Your Own Boss

Insider Guides, joined by Paula Mills, CEO of Academy of Entrepreneurs, and Rita Do, founder of Packsy, an international student essentials service, delved into the wide world of entrepreneurship as an international student, turning your ideas and passions into careers, and becoming your own boss and controlling your career pathway.

We’ve highlighted some of this key takeaways from this webinar here.

Webinar proudly sponsored by Study Gold Coast

One key topic of the webinar was funding your startup as an international student. Rita shared her experiences when starting her business, Packsy.


The webinar also touched on the four essential skills for any entrepreneur:

  • Domain expertise/tech skills
  • Operational skills
  • Communication skills
  • Sales skills


For any entrepreneurs, finding your first paying customer is one of the biggest steps you need to take to launch your business. Paula offered her advice on marketing and promoting your product effectively.


Entrepreneurial resources for students

A number of resources to help international students seeking to start their own business were discussed throughout the webinar, including:

For self-learning:

Communities to join:


Legal and professional advice for students

If you need advice on your workplace rights, pay, or any other employment-related issues, you can use the resources listed below:

Student poll

During the webinar we polled attendees on the following questions:

  1. How important do you think setting goals for yourself is?
  2. Has this pandemic encouraged you to consider starting your own business?
  3. What skills do you feel are most important to an entrepreneur?


Insider Guides would like to thank Study Gold Coast for sponsoring this webinar.

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