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Ismail Shiyar

Search for images of the Maldives on the internet and you’ll see luxurious beach huts nestled on pristine waters in a tropical island paradise. It’s an incredibly beautiful dream getaway from a manic world, but for Maldivians it’s a somewhat different picture.

While tourism is by far and away the Maldives’ biggest industry, this group of tiny islands is under threat from rising sea levels, and with that the locals face a very uncertain future. It’s this environment that Ismail Shiyar left behind to study a Masters in International Tourism and Hotel Management with an MBA at Southern Cross University.

This is a story about a young man who wants to improve the Maldivian working and training conditions in hospitality and tourism, but on another level it’s also about an island paradise facing an imminent threat and the country’s efforts to ensure their future as a tourism destination.

26 Nov 2020

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Gauthier Fouques

For Gauthier Fouques, life is all one big opportunity, you just have to say yes to things - you have to be prepared to try something new to see where it can take you. It’s all about being open to the idea of possibility.

Ever since he was a little boy growing up in France, Gauthier’s dream has been to come to Australia and now, after keeping an open mind to the possibility and having taken a healthy dose of fortuitous opportunity, he’s here studying carpentry at TAFE on the Gold Coast.

Gauthier’s story is a testament to staying positive and that if you have the right attitude anything is achievable.

19 Nov 2020

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Nayma Tarik

When you come from an overpopulated city in Bangladesh, the Gold Coast is a very tempting prospect as an education destination. For Nayma Tarik the idea of living here was much more than just a chance to escape the familiarity of crowds and endless traffic jams. The opportunity to study at Griffith University was a ticket to gaining a world class education and to ultimately work in the field of biomedical science.

This is the story of a young Muslim girl who had barely travelled outside of her home country, leaving the security of family life for an uncertain adventure to follow her dream and in doing so discovered a world of opportunity through an experience that she could barely have imagined just a short time ago.

12 Nov 2020

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Dren Xerxa

During the 1990’s tensions escalated in Kosovo when Serbians began persecuting Albanians in the troubled state. By 1998 the Kosovo Liberation Army was in full conflict with Yugoslav forces until the war finally ended after the intervention of NATO.

This was the environment of Dren Xerxa’s youth. As a teenager emerging from that conflict Dren embraced the optimism Kosovo Albanians were feeling after the war by starting a nightclub with his friends. Dren’s taste for business success led him to join Seed, an organisation that supports entrepreneurs, as he worked with cutting edge ventures across the world over the next 8 years.

Yearning for a better quality of life and a new challenge, Dren recently completed his MBA at Southern Cross University and is now mentoring entrepreneurs on the Gold Coast as the Programs Manager for Cohort in the city’s Health and Knowledge Precinct. It’s an extraordinary story and one that won’t easily be forgotten. 

4 Nov 2020

Podcast Reviews

5 out of 5

Gauthier Fouques

"Thanks for the podcast Trevor – you’re such a great storyteller! I really appreciate your words. Thank you for that experience."

Wei Luo

"I came across your podcast and immediately became a huge fan of your channel and content! Really digging the amazing stories delivered and collaborated with students and host, presenting a wide range of mixed perspectives."

Naymah Tarik

I could not be happier than sharing my experiences and thoughts about Gold Coast as a Griffith university student class of 2020. Thank you so much, Trevor Jackson, for having me as a guest on your amazing podcast series 'Tomorrow is Mine'

Luutu Henry

"I just listened to the episode featuring Rohan Das and it reinvigorated my drive to reach out to people back home. East Africa is so proud of you Rohan!"


 "Great storytelling! Really interesting insights and expertly interviewed. Extend your “circle of care” and give it a listen"


"Fascinating! I loved hearing about how these students ended up on the Gold Coast and how their experiences have shaped them."

Kyron Armour

"This series is amazing.  I know both the people featured so far and yet I had no idea of their stories.  Both were captivating for different reasons, and both resonated with our family on a personal level.  It is interesting to have your perceptions of a situation challenged by others lived experiences.  I cannot wait for the next podcast!"

Rohan Rafael Das

“Joseph Prospere you are truly an inspiration to so many people. If you can spare the time make sure you listen to this amazing podcast. So Good!"

Michael Adams

“This. Is. Awesome.”

Sue Moses

"Trevor Jackson is a master storyteller."

Jeff Norman

“Joseph Prospere is a remarkable young man with a great story. Looking forward to the next episode.”

Simon Howell

“Bren Domingo is a legend.”