Originally from Fiji, with the help of an Australian Awards Scholarship, Lagi has been able to move to Newcastle to pursue further study which he plans to use to enhance his business in his home country.
“I’ve always been passionate about supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs back at home, so I chose the Master of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship as it falls in well with my career path and business back home in Fiji,” said Lagi.
“I established the Financial Management Counsellors’ Association of Fiji in 2015. We recruit young retirees with relevant experience and qualifications to provide business coaching and mentoring to small and medium enterprises (SME) in Fiji.
“The retirement age in Fiji and most Pacific Island countries is only 55, so people leave the workforce very energetic and with a wealth of experience, and I saw that as an opportunity to reengage them.”
Eager to develop new skills that he can use to further his business, the Master of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship’s combined approach meant that he could gain experience in both areas at the same time.
“At other universities, these courses are offered separately, here in Newcastle it’s been blended together.
“At the end of my studies, ideally what I intend to take back home is a detailed business model, particularly in terms of marketing our services, tools to revitalise our brand and new ways we can reach out to small business not only in Fiji but around the region,” added Lagi.
When it comes to recommending the program to others, Lagi can’t speak more highly of his experience.
“For students thinking about starting their own business, I highly recommend this program for you. It’s very flexible; you have a group of experienced and talented teachers who have also run their own business so learning from someone who has been there, done that, is great,” continued Lagi.
And as for the lifestyle? Lagi loves the laidback feeling of Newcastle.
“One of the things I love about Newcastle is that it isn’t too overwhelming. Particularly coming from Fiji, it’s been a smooth transition. Between the beaches and the city, everything you want to experience in Australia is here in Newcastle.”
Lagi Fisger is a current student studying a Masters of Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of Newcastle.
For students thinking about starting their own business, I highly recommend this program for you. It’s very flexible; you have a group of experienced and talented teachers who have also run their own business so learning from someone who has been there, done that, is great.