Lauren McCarthy is our Cadetship Coordinator at Doxa. Lauren has a background in International Relations and Community Development, a passion for human rights and a love of travel. We caught up with her to find out more.
What’s your favourite thing to do at the weekend?
Depending on my mood I like to read, catch up with loved ones, drinks lots of coffee, dance, see live music and sew. If I’m feeling extra sociable I’ll organize a trip with friends but most of the time I reserve my weekends for my introverted self. I really need alone time to reflect on the week and gear up for the week ahead.
How did you get to where you are today in your career?
I completed a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies in 2014 and a Graduate Certificate in Community Development in 2016. During this time I undertook lots of volunteering opportunities and found my passion for supporting people seeking asylum.
Luckily, I’ve been able to combine my passions of education, human rights and young people in my current role at Doxa.
I especially enjoyed running awareness workshops with young people in schools. Students challenged and inspired me, often providing me with new information about human rights. Luckily, I’ve been able to combine my passions of education, human rights and young people in my current role at Doxa.
Can you tell us about your role at Doxa?
I’m the Coordinator of the Cadetship Program, which supports young people to complete University and gain employment skills. My role is to organise the fundamentals of the program and ensure everything runs smoothly. I also encourage graduates of the program to stay involved by coordinating the Cadetship Alumni Program.
What’s your favourite thing about the Doxa Cadetship program?
My favourite aspect would have to be working with the Cadets. I feel privileged to have met such resilient young people who continually inspire and motivate me through their ability to multitask, fight for change, study hard, support themselves and their community and uphold a positive attitude.
Tell us a surprising fact about yourself?
I do a pretty good Cher impression…Other than that I love to travel and have not spent more than one continuous year in Australia since I was 18. I especially love Latin America and lived in Mexico for one year of my Undergraduate degree.
I believe we all have a responsibility to influence positive change
If you could broadcast a message to the world, what would you say?
(Even though it’s already been said by Gandhi) “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. I believe we all have a responsibility to influence positive change and whether it be for social, environmental, financial, or whatever purpose, our ideas and experiences have the ability to greatly impact others.