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UNSW Business Society Presents: BSOC Bulletin

by the BSOC Publications Team

Welcome to the BSOC Bulletin! We are the UNSW Business Society's Publications team, and this podcast is all about chatting to a bunch of (super cool!) past and current UNSW business alumni, to provide advice and insight for current undergraduate business students. Give us a listen if you want some unique insights into industries such as marketing, start-ups, technology, and many more.
Episodes will be released fortnightly, each featuring a brand new guest and new advice!
If you're using a mobile/tablet, you can scroll down on each podcast card for the timestamps.

S2 Episode 5:

The BSOC Bulletin: Jenson Tang & Aimie Phu

Our Publications team complete a GYG Mukbang with Jenson Tang and Aimie Phu. Watch along to see their advice and learnings about University Life, Leadership, Success, Stress Management all while reviewing some fan favourites from the beloved UNSW GYG.

S2 Episode 4:

The BSOC Bulletin: Thulaisi Sivapalan

Our Publications team sit down with Dr Thulaisi Sivapalan, a business academic who also tutors at UNSW Business School. Listen to a fascinating discussion about being an academic, the appeal of working in academia vs corporate, the goals of the integrated first-year program and more. All while finding out about UNSW myths and folklore!

S2 Episode 3:

The BSOC Bulletin: Kevin Dao and Sashank Bandi

Our Publications Team discuss controversial hot takes with two 2nd year students, Sashank and Kevin. Get ready for some heated conversations, and general chat about internships, university life and all things uni related!


0:53 - Introduction

3:34 - Professional Journeys so far

9:06 - Kickstarting your Professional Journey

12:57 - The Importance of Persistence

16:45 - Taking Opportunities

18:12 - Increasing Employability

S2 Episode 2:

The BSOC Bulletin: Hot Ones with Co-Presidents Sarah & Will

Our Publications Team complete spicy challenges and talk with 2022’s Co-Presidents about all things University, professional development and personal growth.


1:01 - Introduction

3:39 - What does a Co-President do?

5:53 - Will and Sarah’s Uni Journey

9:40 - How has BSOC shaped you?

13:25 - Will and Sarah’s Professional Journey

22:29 - Will and Sarah’s Biggest Learnings

29:34 - Professional Development and Mindset

39:54 - Time Management Tips

46:57 - Accessing Professional Development Opportunities

50:55 - What are you looking forward to with Subcommittee

54:04 - Co-Presidents Ask: Pubs’ Fav Memories

1:00:48 - One thing you would change about BSOC?

1:03:52 - Mouth Sweats + Sauce Review

S2 Episode 1:

The BSOC Bulletin: Intro

UNSW BSOC's Publications Directors introduce the BSOC Bulletin for this year!

Episode 13:

The BSOC Bulletin: Startup Insights and Virtual Work Experiences with Pasha Rayan

On this episode of the BSOC Bulletin, Varun and Shreya explore the start-up journey of Forage co-founder and CEO: Pasha Rayan. Previously known as Inside Sherpa, the company has grown significantly with over one million students registered in programs and over 70 programs in diverse industries and roles. Pasha imparts his advice and experiences to students looking to build their own startups.

Visit Forage here: https://www.theforage.com/ 

Connect with Pasha here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pasharayan/


00:00 - Opening

00:52 - What is Forage?

03:42 - What sparked the idea of Forage?

07:43 - What have been some of the biggest challenges?

10:13 - The YC Startup Accelerator Program

14:02 - The funding process for startups

18:53 - The future of Forage

22:09 - Advice for future co-founders

Episode 12:

The BSOC Bulletin: An Introduction to Marketing with Victor Ikeda

On this episode of the BSOC Bulletin, Britney and Adrian explore the experiences of Victor Ikeda who has a range of professional experience, from MSD, American Express and currently Adobe! Victor provides his valuable insight on what a major in marketing entails, what skills are necessary to be involved in marketing as a career, how university students can reach out to professionals for advice and much more. 

Connect with Victor here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victorikeda/ 


02:10 - Majoring in Marketing at UNSW

03:15 - Career prospects in Marketing

10:15 - The impact of COVID-19 on the marketing industry

12:20 - Most rewarding experience

17:30 - The impact of society experience on career skills

21:30 - How to choose a Commerce major

23:16 - Victor’s advice for students

Episode 11:

The BSOC Bulletin: Diving into consulting with Karrie Chen

On this episode of the BSOC Bulletin, Adrian talks with Karrie Chen about the diverse range of careers available to students who have an interest in consulting. Karrie provides insight into how the skills she acquired during university case competitions has allowed her to work across large and boutique consulting firms.

Connect with Karrie here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/-karriechen/ 


00:00 - Opening

01:02 - Karrie’s university experience

03:01 - Essential skills required for consulting

06:53 - An overview of consulting careers

10:26 - Large vs small consulting firms

15:57 - How to apply for smaller consulting firms

18:35 - The challenges of consulting

19:51 - Advice for a consulting career

Episode 10:

The BSOC Bulletin: How to balance work and studies with Abie & Bryan

On this episode of the BSOC Bulletin, Britney and Shreya have a chat with the 2021 BSOC Co-Presidents Abie and Bryan about their life, work and university life. Abie and Bryan give insight into some of the benefits and challenges of handling these commitments while also emphasising the importance of making the most of your time at university.

Connect with Abie here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/abielau/ 

Connect with Bryan here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryan-herijanto/ 


01:27 - Overview of Abie’s studies and work

03:00 - Overview of Bryan’s studies and work

05:11 - Abie’s journey to BDO

08:48 - Bryan’s journey to PwC

12:44 - How important is it to work alongside studies?

18:05 - The impact of co-curricular involvement in university

22:09 - How to manage work and studies effectively

26:39 - The impact of working during studies

31:25 - Abie and Bryan’s Advice

Episode 9:

The BSOC Bulletin: Product Management with Jenny Chu

On this episode of the BSOC Bulletin, Britney and Adrian explore the experiences that Jenny Chu has had as a Product Manager across start-ups and Atlassian. Along this journey, she provides insight into some of the key skills required to become a PM as well as how to adapt to changing business and customer needs. Highly recommended for those interested in the intersection between business and technology.

Connect with Jenny here:



01:35 - Jenny’s experience during and after university

05:58 - What is Product Management (PM)? 

09:00 - What are the challenges faced by PMs?

13:37 - What qualifications or skills are needed to become a product manager? 

16:55 - How can students first break into the UX/PM industry? 

18:48 - What were some of the projects you worked on?

21:45 - What part of a project do you find most enjoyable? 

23:17 - How to adapt to changing business and customer requirements

20:06 - What did you do at Textbook Ventures and how can students get involved?

Episode 8:

The BSOC Bulletin: Freelancing and consulting with Will Zhang

On this episode of the BSOC Bulletin, Britney and Adrian explore William Zhang’s journey in freelancing and consulting. Will provides insight into the challenges that have come with founding his own photography business ‘Hypothetical’ and how the skills he learnt has been beneficial in his consulting career at Deloitte Digital.

Connect with William here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/williamzhangone/


01:10 - Overview of Will’s journey

02:08 - Founding Hypothetical

03:37 - Finding experience as a freelancer

07:24 - Challenges of freelancing

11:15 - How to start freelancing

15:06 - Case competitions

18:00 - Marketing, Data and Technology at Deloitte Digital

20:43 - Balancing consulting and freelancing

23:19 - Advice for university students

Episode 7:

The BSOC Bulletin: Internships and Software Engineering with Will Chen

On this episode of the BSOC Bulletin, Adrian and Shreya explore the experience of William Chen’s software engineering journey. William shares his thoughts and advice stemming from a range of unique experiences of building personal projects, acquiring diverse internship positions and understanding technical roles within the business environment.

Connect with William here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/williambchen/


01:25 - Overview of professional journey

04:18 - Experience with Academy XI

05:42 - Getting involved in personal projects

07:47 - Importance of communication

09:13 - Understanding technical aspects with a business mindset 

12:20 - Challenges faced during internships

14:42 - Imposter Syndrome

17:35 - Advice for first-time interns

19:25 - Difference between start-up and corporate culture

Episode 6:

The BSOC Bulletin: Engaging students in university and careers with Vicky Simao

On this episode of the BSOC Bulletin, Adrian has a chat with Vicky Simao about the relationship between university and careers along with the importance of developing skills outside the classroom. If you want to know more about the new Commerce degree at UNSW or other initiatives that are available, be sure to take a listen!

Connect with Vicky here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vicky-simao/


00:00 - Opening

00:52 - Vicky’s Background 

04:36 - Initiatives open to BSchool students

07:57 - Engaging students online

10:34 - The Career Accelerator Program

13:16 - Developing skills outside the classroom

18:18 - Restructuring the commerce degree

21:35 - Impacts of changes to the Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS)

23:50 - Vicky’s advice to students

Episode 5:

The BSOC Bulletin: Personal Branding with Hillary Lee

On this episode of the BSOC Bulletin, Britney and Adrian have a chat with Hillary Lee and some of the various projects that she’s undertaken. If you have an interest in starting a YouTube channel or learning more about how to turn a hobby into a revenue-earning side hustle, this episode is for you!

00:00 - Opening

00:50 - Introduction

01:55 - Experience with NAB

04:24 - Hillary’s First YouTube video

06:57 - Side hobbies

08:21 - Finding collaborations with companies

11:14 - Developing a personal brand

12:30 - Building confidence in front of the camera

15:10 - Knowing when to bring the camera

16:29 - Organising and prioritizing commitments

23:09 - Turning a passion and a side hustle into success

27:13 - Finding the balance between a making a hobby full-time or part-time

28:38 - Final wrap up and advice

Episode 4:

The BSOC Bulletin: Growth Marketing with Anna Cheng

On this episode of the BSOC Bulletin, Britney and Shreya have a chat with Anna Cheng, exploring the wide range of professional experiences under her belt, from Spaceship, Brighte, and currently HealthMatch! Anna provides her valuable insights on what growth marketing is, what skills are necessary to go into growth marketing as a career, how university students can reach out to professionals for advice, and more.

Connect with Anna here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annaqcheng/ 


00:00 - Opening

01:05 - Introduction of Anna’s professional journey

06:29 - How Spaceship’s services came to be

10:01 - What is Growth Hacking?

17:04 - What are the skills necessary for growth marketing?

18:56 - Developing a growth-oriented mindset

23:16 - What’s the startup culture like at Spaceship?

27:17 - The value of university marks and WAM

29:22 - Using psychology and case studies to help with freelance advisory

33:28 - How to get the most out of any role or opportunity

34:52 - University as a ‘safety net’

39:48 - The importance of having a mentor to help guide you

42:15 - Tips on reaching out to professionals online

43:19 - Final words of advice

Episode 3:

The BSOC Bulletin: Startup and Corporate Insights with Jim Ji

On this episode of the BSOC Bulletin, Adrian and Shreya explore the journey of Tapit co-founder: Jim Ji. From previous internship experiences at Amazon and Macquarie Bank, Jim provides his perspective on the relationship between working in corporate and co-founding a start-up, while also managing university studies on the side.

Connect with Jim here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jijim/ 

Tapit: https://www.tapit.life/


00:00 - Opening

00:31 - Favourite memory from UNSW

01:04 - Overview of Jim’s journey

05:37 - The start of Tapit 

07:24 - Switching from Computer Science to Information Systems  

12:08 - What is Tapit and how does it work?

15:47 - Peter Farrell Cup 

17:32 - Challenges of running a start-up

21:15 - Start-up vs Corporate

22:52 - Finding direction

25:35 - Plans for the future

29:34 - Advice for students

Episode 2:

Startup Insights and Accelerator Programs with Ho Jun Tang

On this episode of the BSOC Bulletin, Adrian and Britney explore the start-up journey of Yellowbox co-founder: Ho Jun Tang. From brainstorming the idea of a smartlocker system with UNSW’s Peter Farrel Cup, exploring other startup accelerator programs, and the mindset required to run a successful startup, Ho Jun offers a world of advice to any UNSW students looking to build their own startups from scratch. 

Connect with Ho Jun here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hojuntang/


00:00 - Opening

01:42 - Ho Jun’s professional journey since graduation

02:28 - The start of Yellowbox

06:48 - Favourite memory from Yellowbox

08:50 - Accelerator Programs (UNSW 10x & Techstars)

12:19 - Most valuable piece of advice received

15:28 - Challenges and setbacks of Yellowbox

20:30 - How to determine product market fit

22:25 - Mindset required to pursue a start-up 

24:21 - Transitioning from a worker to a founder

25:31 - The future of Yellowbox 

26:52 - Ho Jun’s advice for university students

Episode 1:

Why the BSOC Bulletin?

In this episode of the BSOC Bulletin, Publications Directors and co-hosts Adrian, Britney and Shreya introduce themselves and explain why the podcast was created while also providing insight on what to expect from this podcast series. We hope you all are excited to see what’s to come in future episodes!


00:00 - Opening and introductions

00:56 - Why did we create the BSOC Bulletin?

01:28 - What you can expect from the BSOC Bulletin.

01:57 - Stay up to date with us!

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