Kimiyo Aizawa

Where is your home country?


What languages do you speak?

Japanese, English

Fun fact

My curiosity has grown year by year. I love travelling and talking with diverse people who have different backgrounds or ideas. Both are great sources of exploring new knowledge. Trying new things always excites me.

What is the name of your course?

Advanced Diploma of Business

What is the name of your education provider?

Academy of Entrepreneurs

Tell us about your experience studying in NSW

My concern when looking for a school in Australia was the quality of the contents delivered. For both my English (CTIC) and business schools, the quality of contents was excellent. I have met like-minded students who are eager to learn, support each other and are motivated. The Academy of Entrepreneurs, and other accelerator programs, are providing me not only knowledge of business but also networking opportunities.

What I love the most in NSW is its multicultural environment. This is the place where students learn multidimensional ideas and grow every day. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, I have been supported by a lot of people already. That motivates me every day. I cannot thank every one of them who I have met in NSW.

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I have wanted to do more than just studying within the classroom, and NSW offers a lot of learning and networking opportunities. I strongly believe that NSW is one of the best desirable destinations to study.

What has been your favourite experience in NSW?

The quality of lifestyle. You will see that NSW has the great combination of nature and urban city where you can be relaxed and build career opportunities at the same time. Coastal walking or bushwalking are my favorite places to spend the weekend with my friends, coastal walk from Bronte to Bondi is one of my to-do-lists when my friends come over from Japan. I also love to see women who are pregnant wearing beautiful dresses and actively working in the CBD, and men who push baby buggies on the weekend, which is not that common yet in my home country. There are also always interesting events from around the world. Most of them are free, or there are options to volunteer. Through volunteering, I managed to join the local community and I have enjoyed several women empowerment events. I once joined an event with the author of Eat, Pray, Love and enjoyed her talk with other women in NSW.

What advice do you have for other international students?

Have curiosity and embrace diversity. Get out of your comfort zone. Nothing is fulfilled unless you act, try and take the chance. Go mingle with people who have or are from different backgrounds, make friends, do something you wanted to try. Please do not make excuses for yourself, believe in yourself and work hard until you make it. Trying new things might scare you sometimes, that’s because you try things you have never tried before. As long as you have a will, there’s always a way. Here is the place you have wanted to visit for so long, be happy, enjoy, and achieve your goals.

What opportunities has studying in NSW given to you?

I cannot describe how much NSW provides plenty of opportunities for international students and those who wants to start business. There's a lot of business accelerator programs you can apply for.

I was selected as one of 26 start-ups for The Founders Program, a guided program to equip people with essential entrepreneurial skills and fill knowledge gaps for existing founders. The program is operated by the Studio, which helped to develop my business idea into the real world in Sydney. The program provided not only business skills but also networking opportunities, which gave me a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, mentors, investors such as industry experts and cohorts. Not a lot of places provide these opportunities, so I really appreciate this great opportunity and never forget about this.

I was also accepted to join the FastForward program (FFWD) where I develop my business idea step by step. Through this program. I was able to meet other international students who are diligent to study and pursue their dream in Sydney. They understand not only how international students face the hardest time in different countries but also how to overcome positive results and equip ourselves. Especially mentors and the staff from this programs are outstanding.

I have studied at two business schools, Laneway Education and the Academy of Entrepreneurs. Both are great experiences for international students. At school, I established knowledge of business from scratch and grew day by day. I am now studying at the Academy of Entrepreneurs, which provides not only entrepreneurial skills but encourages me to try things with confidence as international student. I have wanted to do more than just studying within the classroom, and NSW offers a lot of learning and networking opportunities. I strongly believe that NSW is one of the best desirable destinations to study.

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