During my time in Brazil I started to become discontent with not working and spending most of my time at home. I loved learning Portuguese, being part of an amazing family unit (My boyfriends family are amazing), learning coding and working on my own projects. The prospect of coming back to Australia to work had both pros and cons. The pro being that the money is good in Australia and I can improve my skills in the tech field. The con is that I can’t travel for a while – so compared to many of the people I met while travelling, I’m pretty fortunate.
A few months on I feel like I can reflect on what I’ve learnt as well as share my new learnings – mostly on tech and the Brisbane startup scene.
The 18 months I was gone were awesome. Some of the highlights were working in Hong Kong with YMCA, living in Brazil, getting to the Web Summit in Lisbon, and doing an overnight hike in Turkey. I learnt a lot about inequalities in the world, and also about how important it is to take each opportunity presented in life. I was able to help some incredible people learn English – people who were expanding their horizons by learning more languages. They’d taken an opportunity that most people hadn’t taken notice of, one that many people would have brushed off without realising it was an opportunity to improve their life at all.
The next opportunity came knocking rather unusually. I received an email which seemed like a scam. A well paying tech job which I was suitable for with my non-tech degree. I went on to the company site to make sure it was real and applied from there. I had the interview at 10pm Brazilian time and was lucky enough to get the job and relocate to Brisbane.
I’ve taken my new inspiration from my travels and jumped in to founding a startup! The saying “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” rings true to me, so I’ve been networking and meeting many amazing people. Brisbane has an interesting startup scene in that it’s rather small, though everyone is very optimistic and there are events almost every night. I’ve also jumped in to an industry that’s foreign to me: fashion. I’ve found many in the fashion industry are aiming for the same goals: getting better clothes and art in to people’s lives. My aim is to bring high quality, Australian designed fashion to people through a subscription model.
The aims now are to learn like crazy about Business Analysis while I’m in a ‘real’ job and to fill the rest of my brain with everything related to getting a startup off the ground. I’ll be making time to learn more about investing in shares as well, to reach our (Vinnie and I) goal of becoming financially independent by the time I’m 31 (I’m 25 now!).