genYOU Story 31 – Zac

Our 31st genYOU Story features final-year QUT student Zac Seeto! Zac’s story reminds us that at any point we can take control of our careers and personal development, even if it’s with a few small steps.

Name: Zac Seeto
Current Role: Final year Business/Information Technology student at QUT.

Could you tell us a bit about yourself and where you are headed in your career right now?

I’m a 4th and final year QUT student studying a Bachelor or Business/Information Technology. I like to make electronic music, read, have interesting conversations and play video games in my spare time.

As I’m in my final year, I’m looking for graduate opportunities mainly in the IT industry. I’m currently interested in the fields of UX Design, Business Analysis and Business or IS Consulting, as these involve getting to know and understand people to provide suitable solutions.

Ultimately, I’d just like to be somewhere where I can positively influence other people to live better lives. If I were living the dream, I believe I would enjoy a career as a music Producer/DJ where I could create uplifting music to let others have a good time. I’d also be interested in possibly being an influential speaker, where I could give advice to others out there to make the most out of their lives.

How has or how is generationYOU helping you achieve your goals?

I believe genYOU is doing a great thing by providing direction to those who may feel they have none, especially with young people like university students. Ironically, with all these opportunities we now have, it’s also very common for us to not know what to do, where to go or where to even start.

It wasn’t until around my 2nd year at uni that I started to get into personal development. Up until this time, I honestly felt like I was sleepwalking through life, in a sense that I was just living mindlessly with no real sense of direction besides just doing well in my academics.

But shortly afterwards coming into my 3rd year, I started going to genYOU events. It was very refreshing and helpful to feel a sense of community with others who may have similar or different stories. It reminded me that there are people out there who care about the young generation and are providing us with valuable career advice and experiences from a diverse range of people, so we can build the career they want.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I think Jordan Peterson is someone who’s just super intelligent and knowledgeable about humanity and is adding a lot of value to the world by speaking his mind. As a psychology professor, he has significant knowledge and perspective on aspects of life that has attracted the minds of mainly young teenagers and adults, which I think has been valuable in encouraging us to live better lives. It’s also very respectable to see how he continues to share his knowledge and opinions despite being bombarded with a lot of unjustified and radical hate.

What is the one piece of advice you would love to share with your millennial peers as you reflect on your own journey?

Live more honestly and vulnerably expressing your thoughts and who you are. Since I started getting into self-improvement, I’ve been making more of an effort to be true to myself and not wear a “mask” to hide my true personality. Even today, I still exhibit the behaviour of a people-pleaser and it can be quite easy to fall into conformity of societal norms and expectations nowadays.

But I’ve also become more self-aware over time, and I’ve realised that when I hold back who I want to be or what I want to say for the sake of pleasing people, there’s always some feeling of regret or unfulfillment that comes with it. I believe that if you have good intention behind saying or doing something, you should do it.

Talk to people about things that dive beyond the surface level stuff, be vulnerable with others and get to know them. Being vulnerable is not a weakness, our real strength as human beings comes from being confident enough to be our true selves. We are all unique, and we should live by being all of who we are in these lives we’ve been gifted with.