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.
"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?!”