21 December, 2016

Leadership links friends

At the recent Victoria University 2016 Leadership Awards two good friends, Natalia Fareti and Chelcia Gomese, looked back on their leadership journeys together. Natalia achieved the Victoria Plus service and leadership Award back in 2008, its first year. She graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Economics & Commercial Law) and Postgraduate Diploma in Business and Administration (Economics) and now works as a Research Economist at BERL, involved in economic profiling and impact analysis. She values her involvement in the programme

“VicPlus was a great way for me to develop skills that have been useful for my career – time management juggling various commitments, and surprisingly even the seemingly unglamorous role of being a volunteer note-taker for Disability Services while at University was invaluable. It honed my active listening skills and I learned how to effectively condense key points from lectures – critical for client meetings for example! I still volunteer in various ways, and it’s always so rewarding.”

Chelcia has almost completed her Master of Environmental Studies, having come to the University on a New Zealand Aid Scholarship from the Solomon Islands. The women became friends through their local church and discovered their fathers also had been through college together in Fiji. Natalia was Chelcia’s guest at the Leadership Awards ceremony. Both women are passionate about leadership and volunteering. They supported and mentored fellow students, in particular giving back to their Pasifika communities on campus. Chelcia’s civic engagement has ranged from volunteering with Places for Penguins to tree planting for Sustainable Coastlines. She recommends that students join Victoria Plus and take advantage of the free extracurricular programme which includes skills and career development workshops

“I have gained so much experience through the activities, learned to network with others, gained confidence in communicating and I have gained employability skills.”


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