My name is Audrey Layne and I’m a junior currently studying abroad in Sydney, Australia. Before I start rambling about life in Sydney, I’ll introduce myself.
I grew up in Bethlehem, a small town in eastern Pennsylvania around 5 hours from Pitt. I’m majoring in Human Resources Management, with a minor in Studio Arts and a certificate in International Business. At Pitt I am involved in Kappa Kappa Gamma, a Panhellenic sorority, as well as Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity. I’m also a member of Human Resources Club. In my free time, I love spending time outdoors, going to concerts, and trying out new restaurants with my friends. I also enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures, which is one of the reasons I knew I had to study abroad.
I chose to study through Pitt’s Global Business Institute because I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to intern abroad, while also taking business classes. I also knew that I wanted to be abroad for a full semester, and Pitt’s GBI programs make it fairly easy to do so. Two of my classes here count as both a major elective and a requirement for my certificate, which allows me to stay on track for graduation.
Although I’ve only been here for about two weeks, I can already tell that my internship and classes will keep me pretty busy. I work three days a week at Ccentric Group, an executive search firm that focuses on the not-for-profit and healthcare sectors.
During my time here in Sydney, there are several goals I hope to accomplish. Academically, I’d like to maintain the high expectations I have for my grades. I don’t foresee this being an issue, as I truly enjoy all the courses I am taking right now. Because I’m completing my certificate in International Business this semester, all three of my classes are centered around globalization. I’ve really excited to continue exploring this concept and its effect on the economy, workforce, and organizational culture.
Professionally, I hope to gain as much valuable experience as I can from my internship position at Ccentric. I’ve already been given more responsibilities than I initially thought I would have. The team I work with is highly collaborative, so the projects and tasks I’m assigned will vary. I can already see some major differences in work environment and work culture in Australia compared to the United States. I’m hoping to apply the global perspective I will develop here in Sydney to future roles, as it is my goal to work in an international setting.
Personally, I hope to increase my ability to adapt in a new environment this semester. I knew I wanted to study abroad in a place that would push me out of my comfort zone; moving 9000 miles from Pittsburgh to Sydney seemed like the perfect option to do so. Moving to the other side of the world has come with its set of challenges, but I am confident that the memories I will make this semester will be more than worth it.