NEW YORK: Former local Jess McMullen will be heading off to New York next year, after being accepted into a prestigious business internship that will see her work with a company on Wall Street.Jess McMullen will be heading to the bright lights of New York City next year when she takes on Wall Street.
Having recently completed her second year of university, Jess won an internship for a scholarship to work with some of the biggest movers and shakers of the finance world in June next year.
A former local, Jess moved to Adelaide this year to continue her university studies; a double degree in a Bachelor of Business Property and Business Management.
Jess has always been a hard working, determined individual.
Her dedication to her study was highlighted when she undertook her first year of the double degree externally, while still living in Whyalla.
““It was definitely a challenge, but it was also enjoyable because I was studying business,” she said.
“I learned heaps in my first year.”
While many who undertake external study would struggle, Jess pushed herself through, receiving a merit award for her first year.
“The merit allowed me to become a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society,” she said.
“Through this, I was later offered a scholarship which would allow me to do an internship overseas.”
Jess went through a gruelling interview process, which included 3am Skype phone calls to America, but finally she was offered both the scholarship and internship.
“I was so excited, it’s honestly a dream – it all came back to my efforts in my first year which is pretty amazing,” she said
Jess was told she was going to be placed in a property sales firm on Wall Street that sells some of New York’s most prestigious properties.
Although now destined for the city that never sleeps, Jess said her humble beginning in Whyalla was something she was incredibly thankful for.
“Growing up in Whyalla has been an awesome environment, I wouldn’t change it for the world,” she said.
“My family is also very adventurous – travel, fishing, water sports, motorbike riding and four wheel driving, have all been a part of growing up.
“I still love Whyalla so much, I honestly think it was a really fantastic environment to grow up in, I had heaps of support from the schools and the community.”
Growing up Jess attended Whyalla Christian School before moving to Samaritan College where she excelled in her study.
She found an interest in the property industry, a connection she has had though her parents’ business in building and construction.
“I did some work experience throughout high school at Raine and Horne and Peter Calliss and I loved it, and that further highlighted my desire to be in the Property industry,” she said.
Jess undertook a business and enterprise subject while in school and was awarded DUX for the subject at the end of year 12.
Finishing with an Australian Tertiary Admissions Ranking Score (ATAR) of 96.4, Jess’ options were endless.
“I thought I would do a double degree with business, so I can also gain a good understanding of business as well as property, so it’s really broad,” she said.
Jess decided to move to Adelaide this year to undertake her study internally.
“I just wanted to surround myself with people that were young and enthusiastic about the same things as me,” she said.
“I’m really loving it.”
Jess has already impressed her peers, having been named University of South Australia’s Property Ambassador of 2015.
“I was pretty stoked,” she said.
“It’s basically similar to student voice – I travel around to different schools in Adelaide and tell students about the degree and speak about it at open days and other university events.”
When not incredibly busy with her study, Jess is also employed in Whyalla at her parents’ business in sales and marketing.
Every uni break, Jess returns to Whyalla to work full time as well as some over the phone work while at uni in Adelaide.
Jess is also a classical musician; last year she received her grade eight certificate from the Australian Music Examinations Board.
“I’ve been doing that since I was year one, that whole journey I finished last year,” she said.
“I did a bit of piano teaching last year and this year I play piano in my church band called Life Point Church in Adelaide.
“I play keys, I love playing piano there.”
Jess credited her success to the foundation of support she had from her family and friends.
“My parents have always guided me do what I love and what I’m passionate about, while still considering all of the alternatives” she said.
“I am truly thankful for their energy, excitement and support in pathways that both myself and my brother Allen have wished to pursue. “”e are all excited about what the future holds.”
When asked what advice she would give young people uncertain about their future, Jess said it was all about passion.
“Pursue your passion – once you know what you want to do, try and be the best at it that you can possibly be,” she said.
“Don’t be nervous to move to Adelaide for uni, for me it put a lot of things into perspective.
“Be determined, seek opportunity and have a vision.”
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