Amid the typical activities students flaunt on their Facebook profiles, which may or may not include complaints about heavy studying, are a handful of business-savvy students whose separate ventures bring out campus’s enterprising minds. Keeping a job while maintaining academic commitments and a social life may prove to be impossible for some; however, I met a couple of students whose extra-curricular focus doesn’t necessarily stop at making some extra cash.
Rebecca Busuttil – Student and Partner at Cake Factory
Course: B. Education Mathematics
As a fresher, Rebecca is yet to find her social circle on campus – however, the likelihood is that when she does, most of her friends will have a sweet tooth! Together with her mother and sister, Rebecca makes adorable cakes for occasions decorated with perfection. It’s not so easy to put these creations into words. Let’s just say that during a party, no one would tell that the SLR camera on the table was actually a cake! Check out her creations on https://www.facebook.com/cakesfactoryclnicreb
Luke Azzopardi – Student and Fashion Designer
Course: BA History of Art
Another enterprising individual can be found in KSU’s current culture and entertainment co-coordinator Luke Azzopardi, whose campus-wide popularity grew after volunteering to design this year’s students’ fest costumes.
An artists at heart, Luke’s portfolio boasts a series of audio-visual works; however, he is better known for his costume design for local dance company Naupaca. His work on costume design has led him to launching his own fashion design portfolio.
Albert Fenech – Student and Event Organizer/Promoter
Course: Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
Albert claims that his interest in this business all started after forming part of the team organizing the St. Aloysius’ College Sixth Form social.
He found it intriguing and kept a lookout on student parties during his first year at University. His first experience after the SAC social was the ‘POCO LOCO’ boat party in summer which he rendered satisfying results; the following winter he was involved in ‘Barrel Fridays’, a weekly pub-promotion ; and ‘Showdown’, a Christmas event..
During the past summer, he’s dedicated time to aiding management of a Sliema establishment, ‘One38 Lounge’, and ‘Offshore’ another weekly event based at the Sliema waterpolo club. This fall, Albert together with a whole team from University will help out in ‘The Fifth’, a new Friday hangout for students. You can check it out on Facebook www.facebook.com/TheFifthMalta .
Asked about the job, Albert says that it is mainly about considering all aspects – this requires a lot of research, planning and evaluation which facilitate an event’s sound implementation.
. He claims that event-planning has helped him in his day-to-day life, particularly in better managing his time and enhancing his communication skills through the relationships he establishes.
Bernard Camilleri – Student and owner of a Food Stall
Course: B.Com Marketing and Management
Bernard was also part of the team which created ‘POCO LOCO’, ‘Barrel Fridays’ and ‘Showdown’. After Showdown’s results Bernard felt a boost in confidence and he wanted to try something on his own.
During January’s exam period he thought of another project, ‘Booze Express’, which intended to be a service that delivered alcohol packages in Gozo during carnival. Despite his high hopes he was left with a surplus of alcohol.
Luckily, he found a promising scape-goat in the form of the national elections, allowing his business to progress to the large-scale supply of bars and food-stalls at Fosos mass meetings, and later on at other events.
From experience, Bernard claims that a person seeking success in his business shouldn’t get lost in his dream and end up letting his emotions guide him. His plan is to keep on learning the tricks of the trade and save up some decent capital that will help him continue his work. Bernard’s ultimate dream is that of establishing profitable companies, which will help him move into early retirement.
James Cassar – Student and owner of Myeventplanner.com.mt
Course: M.Sc Sustainable Development
Hardly unknown to organizations, James discovered his passion for event logistics when volunteering for student organizations; a long spell with SDM provided him with the experience necessary to form part of the teams which brought 2ManyDJs and Steve Aoki to the island – all this under his very own brand ‘EP!C’.
He says that the limited budgets student organizations work with taught him to strive the right deals.
After 6 years of hands-on experience, James has moved on to launch Event Planner Co. Ltd, a company which brings together experts from different areas to help both for-profit and non-profit organizations plan their events through the MyEventPlanner.com.mt