“As an international student, what you really crave for is home away from home, and my university and the whole committee of Golden Key has been my home away from home.” Malavika Kanoria began studying a Master of Business Administration (International) at Deakin University in […]
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By Connor Simpson Marisa Duong joined Golden Key in 2017 after discovering the society through her Bachelor of Philosophy degree coordinator. Marisa was seeking the opportunity to develop her academic career and explore fields of research that interested her. After learning more about Golden Key’s […]
At age 22, Stephanie Woollard founded the organisation Seven Women after meeting seven disabled women working in a tin shed in Kathmandu.
Despite facing harsh discrimination, these women were working hard to make a living. With her last $200, Stephanie paid a trainer to teach the women to create products to sell locally and abroad. Since then, the organisation has helped educate, train and employ over 5,500 women.
How to reach our Human Potential is the question posed and discussed by Stephanie Woollard in the GK Asia-Pacific Webinar.
Stephanie says meeting these seven disabled women working despite the limitations placed on them by society inspired her to act.
“Everyone has this incredible potential within them to create and come up with ideas and innovate,” she says.
“It is that ability to not listen to any limiting beliefs we have for ourselves… to surround ourselves with the right environment to reach our potential.
“My passion for justice, and meeting these women, seeing that their community had limited them and almost put a lid on their potential with this belief, urged me to act.”
The financial help Stephanie initially offered these women was just the beginning of their journey together. It was with hard work and perseverance that together they began successfully fundraising by selling products the women created.
Stephanie says the experience was a learning curve for her every step of the way, and many things did not turn out as expected.
“Now I realize, what you might think is a good product to take to market might not be what the market wants. I learnt that the hard way,” she says.
Despite facing setbacks, Stephanie continued working to fundraiser and help the women. She offers these words of advice to those starting out on a project themselves.
“You don’t need the full vision at the beginning to know what you will do, (and) when. It is handy to know how you are going to get there, you may have a bit of an idea, but actually it develops along the way.”
Stephanie has been internationally recognized with numerous global awards including the UN Rotary International Responsible Business Award. If you would like to watch the recording of her webinar, just click on the video below.
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Are you new to LinkedIn? Do you want to learn how to optimise the opportunities this platform offers?
GK Asia-Pacific recently presented two LinkedIn orientated webinars, both of which saw host Pratishtha Purohit show members how to begin and improve their LinkedIn journey.
Pratishtha is an ICF certified coach, currently working towards her ACC accreditation. She works as a Career Consultant for Work Connect with Tertiary Education Commission, where she partners with migrant clients and international students to make them New Zealand work ready.
The first session “Introduction to LinkedIn” discusses how to set up and use your LinkedIn account, while the second session “Get Connected with LinkedIn” explores maximizing opportunities provided by the platform.
Pratishtha says with so many people currently displaced from jobs due to Covid-19, LinkedIn is a valuable tool that will help people navigate their career journey.
“I would like you to think of LinkedIn as your go to when you are looking for a job,” Pratishtha says.
The reason Pratishtha says this is because unlike job orientated platforms such as Seek, LinkedIn helps show off your personality rather than just your CV. This allows potential employers to learn about your personal interests and certifications.
“I would highly advise you to spend at least half an hour every day on LinkedIn.”
Pratishtha’s introduction to LinkedIn shows the audience how to set up their LinkedIn profile, a truly informative resource for anyone struggling to understand how to begin using the platform. This is done with step by step instructions and visuals for members to follow.
The second webinar talked our members through updating their profile to encourage attention from job recruiters.
Pratishtha says 70% of the people that found jobs on LinkedIn were hired by a company where they had a connection.
“When I am talking about a connection, I don’t mean this person will know you or has worked with you. It would be just that you are connected with this person,” Pratishtha says.
The second webinar focuses on finding contacts that will help you throughout your future career.
Pratishtha says when searching for these connections, it is important to first find people you already know, before searching for new contacts.
“There is a way to look for connections. You do not just go and randomly connect to people… LinkedIn is not about quantity; it is about quality.”
Each of these sessions provided a wonderful look at opportunities LinkedIn has to offer students and industry professionals and is a much watch for anyone wanting to expand their profiles platform. You can watch the recordings of these sessions on the links below.
“Inner calm is one of the quiet superpowers, which allows us to be creative in our responses to challenging situations rather than being reactive.” Founder of the Quietly Powerful (QP) movement Megumi Miki recently joined our Asia Pacific GK Webinar series to present her session “Accessing Calm […]
Golden Key strives to encourage its members in three aspects: Academics, Leadership and Service. Kitty Hoi Yan Wong, a Golden Key member since 2017, perfectly encapsulates the values of Golden Key, and her work in Community Service has proved truly impactful to her local community. […]
Caitlin Kramer began studying Robotics engineering at Flinders University in 2016 and is now in her fourth and final year, with big plans for her future.
Throughout her degree, Caitlin has expanded her knowledge by taking part in three overseas trips, which she says gave her the confidence to become an executive committee member for the Flinders University Golden Key committee.
As a member of Flinders Golden Key committee, Caitlin has been involved in many wonderful initiatives, including competing in the first ever competitive Shark Tank which took place at the Asia Pacific International Leadership summit in Brisbane.
“That was just amazing, I learnt so much and met so many amazing people in Brisbane, it made me wonder why I hadn’t gone to a leadership summit before that,” Caitlin says.
It was after attending the Brisbane conference, Caitlin decided to use the skills she had learnt on the Flinders committee and became an ambassador for Engineers Australia, an organisation that aims to help its members connect, learn and grow.
“It was a part of the confidence I built as a Golden Key member and the time I spent overseas, in Singapore and France. I built up this realization that I wanted to do more and to give back,” she says
“We (ambassadors) send out emails, we talk with lecturers, and we contribute to a Facebook page. It is a lot of the same skills I learnt as an executive committee member that I am applying to this new role as an ambassador.”
Throughout all of this, Caitlin has spent her final year at University working at a start-up company called Inovor, helping with the artificial intelligence and machine learning side of things.
“Space was something that I thought, that is really exciting, and I want to see what I can do there which is how I got my current employment.”
To add to all exceptional things she has done, Caitlin was recently accepted into a graduate program for next year. The program offered by SAAB Australia will allow Caitlin to work with experienced engineers in an array of areas across the company.
“I think all of that (experience) piled up, and when I came across this graduate program… I got quite excited,” she says.
“I still don’t know how I am going to apply myself and I still want to expand my skill set and become a more rounded engineer. I want to get that experience across all difference areas so I can find out where I am best suited and what I want to do.
“I was really worried, that I didn’t know where I was going, or what kind of engineer I would be, or even what I would do as an engineer.
“I’ve come to learn that it doesn’t really matter that I don’t know what I want to do in ten years’ time. While I am sure there is plenty of people who would find that useful…, it is not the end of the world if you can’t visualize where you are going. Just do what you can at the time and keep working on the next step.”
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