Grant Lubowski’s trajectory towards a career in digital business strategy was influenced by “two strong women”, he says: his mother, and Marie Curie.
His mother is a tutor for advanced HSC maths. Marie Curie is of course the world-renowned physicist and chemist who is most well known for her pioneering work on radioactivity.
Now working as a Strategy and Operations Business Partner with recruitment site Indeed Australia, Grant says fond memories of solving sudoku and logic puzzles with his mum was what first ignited his interest in STEM subjects.
This led him to pursue an undergraduate degree in finance and accounting at the University of New South Wales. He then decided to broaden his business experience by completing an MBA at Oxford. Grant’s move from finance and accounting into business allowed him to use his STEM skills in a more creative way. His unexpected next career path? Working in strategy and operation at Australia’s largest online dating site, RSVP.
Now with Indeed, Grant’s “one focus, all my energy, is towards helping people get jobs” that are suited for their interests and skills, he says.
As a strategy and operations partner at Indeed, Grant works with others to figure out how to grow the business in Australia by using technology to better match more job seekers with more employers.
Anyone who has been in school knows that figuring out what you want to do isn’t always easy, which is why Grant sought out mentors for guidance while doing his undergraduate degree.
Mentorship is something that Grant believes every student should seek out. “Mentors can really help unlock the potential in you.”
“I got lucky early on in my career and had some amazing mentors who really helped shape my ideas and focus my energy”
His most memorable mentors were colleagues who were at a similar point in their careers. He found that connecting with people who were going through similar issues helped him work through his own dilemmas.
He advises young people to “find a faculty member who you admire” and try to be proactive about getting involved with different programs that align with your interests.
As a mentor himself today, he says it’s important to “really stake out opportunities with after school activities and university courses and to talk to someone already in the field you’re interested in.”
Grant most recently mentored an undergrad student in their second to last year of their degree, “being both a mentor and a mentee has had an immense impact on my life.”
He can’t stress enough how important it is to be active in your interests especially with the opportunities that students have today.
From online education to coding academies, Grant suggests that when it comes to finding the right path you should explore your interests and see where they take you.
– Blaine Woolfson Jarvis
Author: Eliza Brockwell
Eliza is the Digital Producer for Careers with STEM. Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.