Success means different things to different people but some stories are unequivocally impressive. In this series, we catch up with some stand out Cadet Alumni who have graduated from the program and have gone on to achieve greatness in their respective fields. This week we speak with Patrick Pham who’s landed himself a position at the Department of Communications and the Arts in Canberra.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Patrick Pham. My Doxa journey started in 2012 with the Australian Taxation Office as my sponsor organisation. I now work at the Department of Communications and the Arts administering funding programs and developing policy advice. My current team supports the Australian Film and TV industry, so I can’t complain about the work.
What experiences from the Cadetship program have stayed with you the most?
There were frequent chances for us to take part in workshops, hear from a diverse range of professionals, and seek frank criticism and tailored advice. This ongoing and intensive program instilled a strong professional resilience which has prepared me well for the stresses working in a large organisation.
What’s an achievement you are most proud of and why?
Balancing many priorities throughout uni and coming out of it with a lot of knowledge and great memories. I learnt a language, studied for a year in France, and came back and finished the Cadetship too.
What’s the best part of your job?
The Department is a great environment to work in. My colleagues are conscientious and inquisitive, but still fun! It’s a pleasure collaborating with them.
What advice for success would you give our current and future Cadets?
“Stay optimistic and resilient.”
It can be hard to try new things or keep going when things get tough. Keep going 🙂