Communication is Key – Lucas Steuber

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Who?

Lucas Steuber is a Clinical Business Manager at Verge Learning as well as the Director of Clinical Product and Marketing at Cognixion. Born in the States, Lucas is a linguist and speech pathologist. Working alongside technological advancements, Lucas creates devices to help with speech impairments.

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What was your journey like?

Coming from a family of businessmen, Lucas was navigated to do the same. He however was much more interested in tech and what is why he went into doing that at college. Having taken linguistics at college as a separate mandatory subject, Lucas had no intentions of making this his profession. However, he soon realised the power that language had. He wanted to take his studies further and got a Masters in Linguistics. After college he did work in various subsections of linguistics and speech therapy before finding his passion in neurotech and AI.

Why should we go into linguistics?

Lucas believes that language and speech are so powerful in this world. Although students tend to not like learning new languages and breaking down words to their core meaning, linguistics is much more than that. It focuses on looking at relationships between words and their meanings and how people use those sounds to deliver their emotions, thoughts and feelings.

What are some trends with the small percentage of males in this industry?

About 3% of all people working in this field are males. This is predominately because it isn’t a field most males look at when choosing a job. It is often associated with speech therapy and child behaviour. Stigmas around those professions have to be broken down because it is so much more than that. There is a real imbalance of mindsets in this sector, however, with more discovery and intertwining with different sectors, neurotech and linguistics have a real future.

If you could leave the youth with one piece of advice, what would it be?

Words matter. Learning beyond the classroom, will make you a better communicator.

Language is the way the universe expresses itself.”

Lucas Steuber

New life – Dr. Vincent Candrawinata

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Who?

Vincent is a researcher and founder in Australia who created a new design of antioxidants that can be used for humans. This is called activated phenolics, made out of apples. Vincent shared his journey of moving from Indonesia to Australia in 2008 for his Bachelors degree to continuing in the science field and creating a new form of benefiting the body.

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What was your journey like?

Vincent started out in his journey back in Indonesia where he was born. As he went on with his schooling life, he realized that he really didn’t see himself growing more than he already has at home so he decided to move to Australia to complete his bachelors degree. Australia being expensive to live in, Vincent wanted to finish his bachelors degree as soon as possible and he did complete it in 2 years instead of 3. Having an extra year on his study visa, he then decided to take the time to start a research program. That was the start of his journey into the field of research and science.

What are some key points for introducing a new product?

Vincent believes that as long as you follow correct guidelines, be it medical or not, the response from the public is largely dependent on the media. He said that he gives a lot of credit to the media because without it, he does not think his product would take off. Word of mouth is also very important because one person can try the product and if it works, it will automatically start a chain reaction.

Question from our guest student, Akmal Fikri Omar Farouk, student at UC Berkley

What are some things that you can bring in from our research experience and apply to business?

Vincent had two answers. Firstly, the ability to not take no as an answer. Vincent said that science and giving up, do not mix well together and neither does it work well with business. You have to be open to all kinds of set backs and failures until you finally get to get the result you want. Vincent’s second answer was more comedic and he said that the ability to stay awake helped him get where he is now!

If you could leave the youth with one piece of advice, what would it be?

Whilst it’s good to be an important person, it’s even more important to be good person.

“It’s not your job to make people believe in your dream.”

Vincent Candrawinata

Worldwide Solutions – Vannary Kong

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Who?

Vannary Kong is the founder of the United States – ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Youth Council. Based in the United States, Vannary has participated in a number of different initiatives surrounding International Relations. She has also been successful in internships with the United Nations as well as working with local authorities on various policies.

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What was your journey like?

Vannary talked about her childhood years and going to school. She explored how that has been a time of struggle for her. He father is an African-American and he mother is from Cambodia. Both her parents also have different religions. Coming from a very diverse background and growing up in that environment, made fitting in a school in the United States quite challenging. She faced prejudice and racism. However, this never stopped Vannary from achieving her goals. Being so diverse has actually been helpful to her when growing to establish herself in the field of international relations. She interned in various different jobs that had slightly different focuses. She is now studying cyber security as well as international relations.

Why do you think it is important that people study international relations?

Vannary believes that international relations is a subject that intertwines with all areas of the world we live in. From cyber security to achieving harmony in the world, it is important that people have a good understanding of all the different aspects that make up this structure. International relations is a good mix of not only policies and law making but also cultures and diversity.

What would be your tips for people who are facing racial discrimination?

Vannary said that it is important to not let people deter you from your goals and passions with their words, no matter how hurtful. Other people get insecure and they never pursue their dreams because they hear the words “no” and this makes them angry and unfulfilled. There will always be that one person that will believe in you and give you the chance to grow and do what you want to do.

If you could leave the youth with one piece of advice, what would it be?

Make sure that you are financially sorted before embarking on new adventures and investing in your future.  

“When people are spewing hate towards you, that is a reflection of them.”

Vannary Kong

Education Inequality – Santosh More

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Who?

Santosh More is the co-founder of Mantra4Change. This is an initiative that works to help make education in India accessible to all. Santosh has a degree in Engineering but over his years in the corporate world, he felt that he wanted to do something he is passionate about. 

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What is the educational inequality like in India and is it an issue that should be talked about more frequently?

Santosh started off by mentioning that the diversity in India is so large and so is the population so there is already a barrier of how successful the education sector can be. 50% of grade 5 children are not able to read grade 3 texts. This an important issue that needs to be solved because it directly affects the next generation that will be leading India. He also wanted to point out that although it is an issue, the government of India tries to combat this problem and takes it very seriously. 

Whatever you study in university does not determine what you will do for the rest of your life. We asked Santosh, what made him make the change to move from engineering to social issues. 

Santosh believes that having the ability to see a problem and come up with a solution to that problem is very important. That is something we should take away no matter what degree or field you want to go into. The corporate world taught him how to find root causes for issues and he wanted to take this knowledge further. 

What would your advice be for students to adapt and find jobs in different markets?

His advice would be to have an entrepreneurial mindset. Santosh believes in entrepreneurs and that they have the ability to make the change unlike bigger corporations. Being humble and having the ability to co exist with other opinions makes entrepreneurs vital to the society. Even if you don’t decide that it is something you want to do, having that mindset will make you different to other people. 

If you could leave the youth with one piece of advice, what would it be?

Take risks and have the correct mindset. If you don’t take risks now, it will be much harder to do so as you get older. 

“If you chase your passion, everything else will follow.”

Santosh More