WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?
From a very early age I knew I wanted to be a psychologist. At school I was an all-rounder, loving both science and the arts and as a result, growing up I wanted to do everything. The idea of being a multi-hyphenate seemed important to me and so through educational psychology, I have been able to bring a number of my interests and skills together.
What sparked your initial interest in the field in which you work?
Understanding what makes people tick and my passion for social justice. When I see people being treated in a way that is not conducive to their wellbeing or betterment, it really gets me and challenges me to address it.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Connecting with people and listening to people's stories. Being entrusted with these is very meaningful – and a privilege.
AND WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE…
The writing of reports! I find it difficult to translate the richness of verbal communication and connection into the written word.
WHAT SKILL COULD YOU NOT DO YOUR JOB WITHOUT?
Empathy, lightness and a receptiveness to different points of view.
What gets you energised?
Sunshine! And my 2-year-old’s laughter.
What keeps you awake at night?
My 2-year-old! And that there are so many things we could be doing and should be doing. It always feels like limited time to fit in all of the things I feel compelled to do that will make a difference.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN WHEN YOU STARTED YOUR CAREER?
It's a marathon not a sprint. I don't think early on I was allowed to enjoy the journey. Not every stage of your career and life is mean't to be so hard and taxing. You have to learn how to be joyful and commit to working those moments along the way.
WHAT MESSAGE OR PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A STUDENT OR YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR WANTING TO FOLLOW THE SAME CAREER TRAJECTORY AS YOU?
Travel and network. Connect with as many people as you can from all over the globe - there are so many lessons to be learnt and opportunities to be explored outside of your area of expertise.
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