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Harry (Chuxiong) Li


Qualification: Bachelor of Science (Physiology) / Graduate Diploma of Health Science (Physiotherapy)
Year of Graduation: 2018 / 2021
Education Providers: The University of Western Australia, Curtin University
Job Title: Consultant
Employer: Self-employed working with various start-ups and SMEs
Country of Origin: China

Are there any notable experiences from your time studying you’d like to share?
I enjoyed my time at UWA as an undergraduate. I joined many clubs and through that, I made many lifelong friends. I would say my closest friendships are from my time at UWA. Interestingly, one of my mates who I met at UWA has just asked me to be his best man.

If you could tell your graduate self one piece of career advice, what would it be and why?

Take risks. This is probably the best time to take risks. This means trying things and exploring yourself. Prioritise learning over financial gains in the early stage of the career.

Tell us about your experience since leaving Curtin University and UWA how has your career progressed to date? Any professional achievements you’d like to share?

I am very lucky to be involved with some great organisations and companies and through them, I was able to contribute to the organisation of Australia China Emerging Leaders’ Summit (Content Director), Australia China Youth Dialogue (Partnership Associate) and various panel discussions (e.g., My Healthcare Journey with Nobel Laureate Professor Barry J Marshall)

I am also a current student at UWA studying for an MBA.

What are some of your passions and interests?

I am very interested in healthcare and life sciences innovation. I think we are living in a very exciting time where digital health, AI and machine learning are being adopted at a face pace and I am excited to see what the future holds for this space.

What are the top 3 skills you need in your role to be self-employed?

Your industry understanding, ability to learn and excellent people skills.

How has your technical and operational experience assisted you in your role?

I found my soft skills come in handy more often than hard skills (technical knowledge). Learning hard skills I found is often easier than learning soft skills.

What was your main reason(s) to select Perth as your study destination?

Learning English.  Many of my Chinese friends are in Melbourne or Sydney and I thought it would be hard for me to really learn English if I ended up hanging out with them all the time.

What have you enjoyed the most about living and studying in Perth?

Nature and people. Without a doubt, Perth is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited or lived. It is stunning and I love every piece of it from Broome to Esperance. It goes without saying – I love the people here. I am a ‘holiday orphan’ as I always refer to myself. My mate has always adopted me for Christmas, and I really appreciate that.

What would you say to students thinking of coming to Perth to study?

Perth is a very beautiful place and no matter how long you choose to stay in Perth for, it will always be one of most invaluable experiences you will ever have. After all, I have been here for over eight years already.

Did you use any of the StudyPerth service offerings during your time studying? And if so, which support services were helpful?

StudyPerth has been amazing. It absolutely ensures international students have a place they can call home. I found a career expo to even just monthly social events. They are all great because it helps address the two most important things – career and friends.


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