Sky’s the limit for this community champion

I use my passion and the knowledge and experience I gained at VU in my current role every day.

Celia Tran
Master of International Community Development

Recognised in the 2020 top 50 Victorian Public Sector Women awards, and as the Premier’s Volunteer of the Year 2016, Celia Tran still says her work is its own reward. Celia attributes her career success to her decision to say yes to new opportunities, and the workplace experience that complemented her studies.

“I chose Victoria University for its great diversity in students and academics and connection to the community and grassroots movements.

"During my Master of International Community Development, I completed a six-month placement at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. This opportunity – and my masters overall – was integral in equipping me with the practical skills and experience I needed to pursue my work in the community and not-for-profit sector.

"ASRC then employed me after my placement because of the work I’d contributed to the organisation.

"I have since gained exciting roles as a community worker for a not-for-profit (NFP) organisation supporting at-risk and vulnerable young people, and various senior roles in policy and engagement with both NFP and government. I also sit on the Board of Western Chances, and the Victorian Public Sector Women of Colour Network, which I also co-founded.

"In my current role as a senior community engagement and policy adviser at the Victorian Multicultural Commission, I use my passion and the knowledge and experience I gained at VU, daily.

"A few years ago I wasn’t so sure what career path I wanted to take, but as a ‘yes person’ I decided to put myself out there and tried different things, got out of my comfort zone and took opportunities as they came.

"Life is full of surprises! I wonder what’s next?!”

Celia studied

Master of International Community Development

More of our community development courses at VU.