Where are they now – Tessa Osborne ’18

Tessa’s entrepreneurial skills are striving!

Tessa Osbourne ’18 enjoyed her time at the Plenty Campus particularly her co-curricular experiences.  Cadets and her Year 9 immersion to Thailand a real highlight for her during her School journey.

A determined student she credits her time at School with giving her a strong base and rounded foundation and the ability to form relationships with her mentors.

Tessa always had an interest in business and design and this developed after her Year 11 Debutante Ball when she decided to start her own business ‘The White Wardrobe’ which rented, sold and designed Deb dresses.
With her parents encouraging her passion for business and design she balanced her year 11 &12 commitments to manage the business. She worked with a seamstress to fine tune her dress designs, communicated with a company in China who made the dresses, imported them into the country and sold them via a website and through her social media channels.

The business expanded once she commenced her Design and Business Degree at Monash, and she eventually leased a shop front space locally.   TWW gave her the opportunity to be exposed to all aspects of business life including dealing with consumer expectations.

Tessa needed to pivot the business for the past 2 years, eventually moving out of the shop front however, still operates the business online.

Tessa’s entrepreneurial skills were further shown during remote university and whilst studying her degree.  Tessa met James and they soon realised their entrepreneurial visions aligned.
They had many conversations regarding the transition into university life, goal setting, and entrepreneurial skills in youth.  They recognised there was a gap for high school students moving into university/adulthood and gaining financial independence and development.
Hence, the start of Strive Teaching. A predominately online platform for senior high school students and early university students to build knowledge, develop and understand the skills required to have financial independence.

Strives platform enables students to grow their understanding through modules they can complete at their own time.  Interactive, bite size, information that they can work through and complete.

Both Tessa and James presented their program to our Year 12 students at our Plenty campus last week and the feedback received from students and teachers alike was that it was ‘an engaging, informative session’.

We wish Tessa all the best in her final 6 months of study and continued success with The White Wardrobe and Strive Teaching.

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