I don’t think I am the best public speaker, however, I was lucky enough to speak to these students. I presented to the students about my career so far. For any recruiter who would read my CV, they would always say that I have a “unique” background.
For those who don’t know me personally, I was born in Queensland, with parents who owned cane farms and I went to Agricultural College. I was also a competitive horse rider and I was inseparable from my horses. All I wanted to do was work in the Northern Territory on a cattle property, but then that all changed. I also have a fashion degree, the fact that I now work in Information Technology almost surprises me.
Some might say that my “unique” background is a bad thing, but one thing it has taught me is adaptability and I see things from a different perspective through the various industries I have worked in.
The one thing that I did highlight to these students was that passion takes you places. Being passionate and driven can be a scary combination. I believe in not worrying too much about where you come from and focus on where you are going, by surrounding yourself with like-minded people and being a kind person. Building strong relationships with people in your industry is key.
When I moved to Sydney, a global company who had amazing organic growth, saw the potential in me and gave me an amazing opportunity. I wasn’t the best looking on paper, but I knew that I came from a hard-working family and I followed that mindset from both of my parents.
I knew I had a lot of ground to cover to catch up with everyone else, but all I really needed was one person to really believe in me. From that moment on, I worked hard and I ran with it.
I think sometimes we focus too much on the paper and forget about the capability and the talent that lies within someone. I know from reading many CEO success stories, that they too started from somewhere like we all did.
I now run my own company and everyone has their own pathway, but having one person who believes in you can kick-start any career. Thanks to everyone who continue to support me in my journey. I would like to extend your support in reviewing the below videos to see some passionate individuals who are keen to break into the IT market.
If you have any questions please contact:
Andreas Panage – Employment Program Lead
Keep on keepin’ on,