Johnson Zhang

Bachelor of Social Sciences Alumni
Alumni

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts - majoring in Music and Chinese Studies

Current Position:English Teacher at Earlybirds Education (partnered with Sanda University and Shanghai University of Political Science and Law)

1. What attracted you to studying Arts & Social Sciences at UNSW?

Studying Arts & Social Sciences was a transformation for me. I like the language courses they offered which will enable me to learn different languages around the faculty with staff and students. The history and music courses also attracted me to study Arts & Social Sciences.

2. Did you always have a clear idea of what you wanted to do after completing your degree?

Let’s put it this way: not many people have a clear idea of what we wanted to do after completing our degree. At first, it is very hard to decide, because you don't want to choose the wrong pathway and end-up stuck in a rut. This happened to me and I realised I wanted to be an English teacher overseas. At first, there was few jobs that I didn’t want to do; but when a phone call came about that the school overseas is hiring for an English teacher, I applied and ended up being successful. So, when it comes to clear idea, I did sometimes have a clear idea of what I wanted to do after completing my degree but I need to make sure it is the right pathway for me towards the future.

3. How did your time at UNSW help shape who you are today?

It’s the core beliefs. The time at UNSW I studied gave sense of myself on who I am as a person. My experiences will help me to determine the qualities as a human being of myself.

4. How did studying Arts & Social Sciences at UNSW help you develop transferable skills? 

I spent few years doing volunteering activities whilst studying Arts & Social Sciences at UNSW and have gained insight into another culture and adapted to new and changing surroundings. With the transferable skills being developed, I have gained the potential value into travelling the world.

5. How did studying Arts & Social Sciences at UNSW help form your view on the world and the contemporary issues we face today?

Contemporary issues can be found in almost any matter of interest. They helped me to understand others through their languages, histories and cultures when studying Arts & Social Sciences at UNSW. Not only this, I get to teach empathy when assisting students whilst studying at UNSW.

6. How did UNSW Arts & Social Sciences help prepare you for the workforce throughout your degree?

I was somewhat shy during high school, but UNSW helped me to come out of my shell. I joined some of the societies in my freshman year and developed confidence in presenting my views. Since then I have excelled at class projects where we have done team presentations. Now, I feel comfortable presenting and speaking in front of large groups! With that, I can get myself to get prepared for the workforce!

7. How did you get your foot in the door as a graduate, following the completion of your degree?

As a graduate, I applied for open positions that are advertised online that the company is hiring - this was difficult at first. I decided to book an appointment with UNSW Careers & Employment and the Careers Advisor gave me great tips on my Cover Letter and Resume to help the process.

8. What advice would you give to someone considering studying Arts at UNSW?

Speak to as many current students as well as alumni as possible. They will give you the best insights to the university as well as the course structure. Also be mindful the profession of product design is very competitive in Australia and overseas, so a good alumni network and industry connection through the university should be your consideration. Also, try to talk to current students as well as alumni for advice on the subjects you’re interested in before making your final selection.

9. What is your most memorable experience from your time at UNSW?

Making connections with faculty and students.

10. Why do you Love What You Do?

I wanted to showcase the future and prospective students about my career on what I am doing right now and how it could assist them for the future on the pathway of their career.