Hello, my name is Layal. You may remember me from my recent International Women’s Day post which I wrote for the Doxa blog. If not, you can read it here. To give you a refresher on who I am; I’m a 20-year-old Future Insights student, currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Melbourne- double majoring in Politics & International Studies/ Media & Communications.
I completed my VCE studies at Lyndale Secondary College and it was there where I had first heard about Doxa. At the time (2016), I was applying for university courses whilst preparing for my final examinations and the Career Pathways Coordinator encouraged me to apply for the Doxa Employment Pathways programs. Little did I know at that moment what this action would lead to. Through taking the opportunity to apply, I had opened a new door for myself which would lead me into creating a lifetime of memories, gaining valuable experience and meeting people who continue to inspire me, each and every day!
“Opportunity is a term I thrive on and if I was to define myself in one word, that term would be opportunistic.”
I believe I owe much of who I am today to my drive to grasp opportunities when they arise, take the chance to develop myself and dive into the possibility of achievement. And much of that I must confess stems from my ambitious persona and eagerness to ‘make the most’ of each and every situation. And whilst every opportunity I have taken has not always been as positively memorable, easy, or fulfilling as the other, the contentment I have for taking those chances is greater than the regret I have for the opportunities I let go of.
Whilst there are many opportunities I can recall, some of the most successful of these have played crucial roles in my self, professional and career development.
Opportunity 1- College Captain 2016
Applying for the role of College Captain was the scariest, yet bravest thing I have achieved. Through building the courage and believing in myself, I was able to succeed as others believed in my ability to lead. This role allowed me to participate in important decision making, planning and solving experiences and allowed me to develop and exercise positive leadership skills.
Opportunity 2- Doxa’s Future Insights Program 2017-present.
The Doxa Future Insights Program that I participated in during my first year at university was an opportunity for confrontation to the ‘real world’ – life after education and career pathways.
Through the Doxa Future Insights, I was taught about the importance of finding a mentor, self-branding and self-representation, networking through social events and social media (LinkedIn) as well as the importance of maintaining health and wellbeing and practising mindfulness; elements which are proven to enhance success.
“The exposure to these notions and my implementation of the skills and strategies I have been taught have allowed me to expand my networking circle, balance study, work, volunteer and extra-curricular activities, as well as motivate me to push through hardships by looking forward to the potentiality that lies ahead.”
I have had the privilege of volunteering for Doxa’s UPP camps, work with some of the biggest organisation’s in Melbourne and continue to build relationships with the Doxa community.
Opportunity 3- Conveyor Store Manager 2017
This opportunity was given to me 6 months into a casual retail role as I had demonstrated managerial capabilities. I hereby managed a retail store at the age of 19 and I believe my successful ability to deliver results, manage people, stock and general store maintenance was heavily influenced by my experience as a College Captain and a Future Insights student. This role over the 2017-2018 summer holidays allowed me to implement what I had been taught into a corporate situation and through this role, I have further developed my skills and achieved successful Christmas trading.
The ‘5-year’ plan
In 5 years time, I will be 25! The year will be 2023 and if all goes to plan and I am successful with my post-graduate studies I am hoping to be a fresh graduate from Law School.
“By the age of 25, I hope to be full of memories, contentment and experiences which shape me into an individual with the qualities desired and endorsed for success.”
No matter where I am and what I am doing, I mainly hope to be happy, to be growing and continuously learning and to be enriching my life with experiences through opportunity taking and giving back the opportunity to younger students who are working through secondary education and university.